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±his date, a woman who identified 
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said she wished some mrormation about the John Birch Society. 
The writer advised her that the FBI is strictly an investi- 
gative agency and information in our files Is confidential and 
available for official use only and, for that reason, w"£~ 
could not give her 

Before the writer could even finish the last of the 
aforementioned statement, this woman became very angry in tone. 
She said she had not asked for information about the John Birch 

ip was sneaking and the writer 

She said "... remember 
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Society. She asked to whom s 
advised her she was talking to 

I can get to you." "You're paid by the 'taxpayers . " 
asked the writer's full name and was a rivi aed it was 



She repeated this saying 



She was 



was then asked for her name. She said she was 
of Bellehurst, California, but when asked for her street address 
refused to give it and hung up the telephone. 

The writer cannot recall exactly everything this woman 
said in the aforementioned telephone call but it was a tirade of 

who do you think you are?" and other words making up a 
tongue lashing such as this age nt has not heard in quite awhile. 
Whi ift t.h i r woman was talking, Si ] p aras making motions to SA 
who was in the offi ce at the t'irn ftj asking him to get on 



the extension and listen to 
caller hung up 'gust as S 
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tirade, however, the 

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Bi'rch Group 

A La Habra minister Friday 
sued in Santa Ana Superior 
Court a Fullerton dentist ac- 
tive in the John Birch Society, 
the;,-; society itself and its 
founder, Robert Welch, and 30 
other persons for $150,000 for 
alleged, slander. . ^ 

Rev. Arthur E. Ha rrington 
of La- Habra Methodist 
Church, charged Welch and 
the ^ society; Dr. James F. 



Gajfy^ of 100~6 N. Lincoln 
A r ye., Fullerton; and 30 John 
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. It' was the first such suit 
to he filed against Welch and 
his x Controversial John Birch 
Society and contends that the 
Rev.- ; Mr. Harrington was 
branded as "a ^Communist, 
. period." ■ % 

. . * * * * 

• THE ALLEGED statement 
was made against him Feb. 9 
by Dr. Garry while the den- 
tist was speaking at a nieet-j 
ing in Anaheim when arrange-f 
ments were being made fori 
the recent five-day Christian) 
Anti-Communist School there,! 
the complaint charges. j 
The Rev. Mr. Harrington 
alleges in, his Superior Court ! 
suit that he is not a : Commu-j 
nist, never .has been one, and! 
never has been associated] 
with any Communist organi- 
zation. Instead, he contends,: 
he is; "a devout Christian, 
with beliefs and philosophies \ 
wholly incompatible with \ 

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irch President 




ROBERT WELCH, president of the 
controversial John Birch Society, 
displays some evidence of true intel- 
lect and, if he would exert more re- 

■ straint, could be a most effective op- 
ponent of communism. 

Unhappily, he has weaknesses rem- 
iniscent of another fervent anti-Com- 
munist whose extremes destroyed 
much of his effectiveness. We refer, of 
course, to the late Sen. Joe McCarthy 
of Wisconsin. 
Welch makes very little allowance 

, for loyal differences of opinion. If you 
are not 100 per cent for his position, 

; you must be aiding and abetting the 

'enemy. 

He interprets entirely innocent opin- 
ions as subversive in purpose or result, 
and he sees subversive dangers in 
trifles. Thus, an innocuous statement 
such as, "I'm for Taft, but he can't 
win," becomes a Communist-inspired 
plot to damn a good American with 
faint praise. ■ ^ 

Welch's attacks ori respectable citi- 
zens are, of course, completely off 
base. To say that an official's policies 
have given aid and comfort to the Com- 



munists is one thing; to imply without 
a shred of genuine evidence, that the 
aid and comfort may have been given 
intentionally is simply wrong. 

When faced with this criticism, 
Welch answers that he doesn't call 
everybody either a dupe or a Red. But 
that's the way it comes out, and the 
total effect of his remarks is what 
molds opinion about the John Birch 
Society. 

There's hardly an ill in government 
or U. S. society which Mr. Welch 
doesn't seem to attribute to the Com- 
munists. This trait has put Mr. Welch, 
as it did Sen. McCarthy, in the position 
of having called "wolf" too often to be 
taken seriously. 

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THE COMMUNISTS must love such 
an opponent as this. All they have to 
do is bait him slightly, and he does the 
rest* His cause — in itself good — begins 
to look ridiculous because of him. He 
repels good people who might other- 
wise be glad to join an intelligently 
conducted offensive against commu- 
nism. 

Save us from friends such as Rob- 
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j ' WASHINGTON, April 19 
jCUPD— Rep. Edgar W. Hie- 
! stand, Republican of Cali- 
fornia, introduced a 
resolution today to create a 
special House committee to 
investigate the John Birch 
Society and what he. called a 
:"smear campaign" against .it 
Hiestand is one of two 
House members who have 
identified themselves as 
jmerhbers of the ultra-con- 
servative group. 
I He cited as evidence- of the 
alleged smear the army's, ac- 
tion in relieving a general 
jWlo was accused of using the 
society's material in am -in- 1 
|d|ctrination course -fbr^his 
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WASHINGTON, April 21 
UPI)— President Kennedy' pub- 
icly questioned today whether 
;he controversial John Birch 
society is conducting an effec- 
tive anttCommunist fight. : 
"I think we face an ex- 
tremely serious and intensi- 
fied struggle with the Coni- 
; munists," Kennedy told his 
I news conference. "But I am 
I not sure that the John Birch 
J society is wrestling with the 
real problems which are 
created by the Communist 
j advance around the world." . 
| It was Kennedy's first ex- 
tensive discussion of the ultra- 
conservative group' which ' has 
come into prominence re- 
cently. . - i 

The President told a ques- 
tioner: "I don't feel that 
their judgments are based 
on accurate information on 
| the kinds of challenges that 
I we face." 

I Kennedy said that people' 
i|eeply concerned about Com- 



munism should address them- 
selves to the problems Of Laos, 
Viet Nam, internal ■ subver- 
sion, and "the desperate life 
lived by so many people in 
this hemisphere and so many 
other places which the Com- 
munist exploit." ". 

He spoke in some detail of 
the manner in which Commu- 
nists capitalize on democratic 
freedom and to subvert a 
nation arid crush the people 
with a police state. 

"How we fight that kind of 
a problem which is going to 
be^with. us all through this 
decade seems to me to be one 
of the great problems how 
before the United States," he 
said. "I would hope all. those 
who are concerned about the 
advance of Communism would, 
face that problem and not 
concern themselves with fhe 
loyalty of President Eisfn- 
hower or President Trumln, 
or Mrs. Roosevelt, or mys#f, 
or someone else." J 



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V Robert Welch, the founder of the John 
Birch Society, has contributed damage 
to the cause of anti-communism with his 
extravagant statements and tactics. 
, His most quoted statement is contained 
<in a 302-page private clocument, which 
has been called "The Politician," In it f 
he calls former President Eisenhower "a 
jdedicated conscious agent of the Commu- 
nist conspiracy^' 

He also describes former Presidents 
Roosevelt and Truman as tools of com : 
munism. He applies the same lapel to the 
late John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, 
Chief Justice Earl Warren, former De- 
fense Secretary Nejl McElroy and others. 

Mr. W^ch, speaking in Los Angeles, 
said the document was discovered by 
th<fee at the first meeting of the John 
Birch Society in 1958. He asked that it be 
allowed to "fade out of the argument." 
Bui? he has not refuted what he said}. 



In the Blue Bpb,., 
Society, Mr, Welch cu, 
as "merely a deceptive \i_ 
of demagog'uery apd a perennial ivac v 

He said the society "will operate upd*^ 
completely authoritatiye control at all 
levels." Its tactics, explained in |jrie BJue 
Book, would include use of Cpmmunjst- 
style fronts and highly organized smear 
campaigns. 

Mr, Welch says the large number of 
anti - Cpm.murtist organizations "in the 
United States suffer frqm lack pf "in- 
spired personal leadership. . , . central di- 
rection and coordination." ' Star News" 

He offers himself as the dynamic per- 4/20/6 1 
sonal leader of a one-millionimember or- Culver City Calif * 
ganization to promote Americanism, and ' 
defeat communism. These motives arelex- . , 
cellent. Some of his methods are not.' Mr. Managing Editor: 
Welch's charges only aid those h,e ^ ROBERT M. BURNETT 
poses. -"^ ^ 



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<BY GEORGE GALLUP 

Copyright, 19fil/ American* 
Institute o* PublIc t Opinior> 

• • PRINCETON,_ jSJuL=Dur= 
irig the brief spaa T of fjirajfo 

• ,which the controversial JMni 
^Birch Society h^^eWTW 

the headlines, an-extraordfii- 

■ ;ary number of- ..'American? 
: have become aware of its ex- 
: istenee, ' - ■ ■ 

; V;.The initial impression 
yiormed by most of those- in* 
-terviewed in a nationwide' 

survey who have reached 
-some conclusion, about the 
' organization is an unfavora- 
ble one — ranging, from- 'the 
: : view that the John Bi^ch^So; 
r ciety is "dangerous'^ and 

should be curbed to the, feel: 

■ irig- tha^t the membfers; are 
:, '^publicity seekers" whose 
Actions are "best ignored." 

' ;_, Based upon survey .results, 
*an estimated ;39£-toUlibn 
adults or nearly '-four j in 
p-LCLput of the total- civilian 
; ad; Alt' 'population— haVp-ftl^is 
I fa? : heard of the ■ ulfra^f - 
^sel'yatiye society which;.fifet 
'•.wis in the news iii feaiy 
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Sketchy Inforiigaii 

[•Many of these ^persons* 'of 
i>'urse, have as'< yet 'only 
r ^stchy information::: about 
r'tEe organization: Bu t among 
i 'those - who have "reach ed 
•some .conclusion, .about' the 
i 'J.ohn- Birch grqup, imfavor- 
• able . reactions .'far. ^outweigh 
\ favorable .views,-';.'- - Y$££r\, ' 
|i I n the^first nationaL- jn^as- 
^rement-^oT.. the '' p^il^ 1 
.awareness of £he sociefe the 
•-•.Gallup Poll assigned its re- 
porters to ask this question 
^of'a representative sample of 
j.tfiS. adults: . 
J^,,, Have you ever, liearft .or 
■^read of the -John :Bircli\$o- 
'^ciety?' ' " : J - 

.'^.r.The' replies: ■ f , - . *- 

: "" - ; .^m.%|v : 

■% Millions 
r^Yes, have hoard 37 39,000,000 
j^No, have not : , 63 67,000,000 

>\ All -those who said they 
i-hacl heard of --the, organiza- 
tion were then asked \vhat 
Cthey. thought 'about it. ' jov ' 
F: i\ number of person's^ for 
^example, say they thinkUhe 
Organization— whose avowed 
P;sS-m is. to fight communism—: 
p-js^" too. radical;" 
h^£<Y few persons, ironically-, 
ptajr they feel the .Johri'Birf 
sup may be actually Co 
jurist-inspired or "dom 
ted by Communists." 



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"Wiew, what people do NOT 
ksay about the society is as 
i ^Interesting as what they do. 
T^ay. ■ ■ 

- Thus, despite the ■ John 
■ 'Birch. Society's' ultra-cbn- 
-:servative goals, very few 'as- 
sociate the group '.with the 
fright-wing of th e . Republic 
; 'can Party or any of - its dead- 

.ets, past or present. ; 
' t toother persons' resent- the 
^charges— attributed to Bob- 
; . er.t Welch, founder of 'the 
■^'society — that former. Piesi- 
[ dent Eisenhower .was,- as one. 
\ J^ter put it, "a card-carrying 
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[,=■ , .Over-all, th e unfavorable.; 
^reactions varied .widely' as 
".-the following sample; of.com- 
'•ments reveals: "f,' f. 
■ ^ "Just • . trying to stir up 
-trouble" , they're too 
Radical" . . . -"there's . the 
"possibility of ' their' ' being 
Xommunist-inspired- ~ they 
^should be watched." . ''it's 
;a 'fascist organization .and it's 
^terrible;; 1 .. . ./'I'd'. * like > 
: ;khbw "where they get ideas 
la'bout-. Ike" . . "I- don't 
; tihing much 'of it; they're stir- 
ring up a lot of stink" ; ., , ,;' 
'"as ridiculous as ; .George 
fRockwell and. his .Nazi 
|'j>a'rty" . . . ''it's' j u s't,.. a 

bunch of foolishness" . A. 
'Z'it's something to. be . ig- 
nored" . . . fits jtist "the 

jounk— silly." ' 

if For those who offer])' fa- 
fvorable opinions of the jjohn 
vB/irch Society, it is -chiefly a 
hjdfee of endorsing any gp|pup 
; which' is anti-Communist ; . 



k' j : 7 # Typical Rea'ctteifsr"* 9 ' 

^Hare are some -typical fa- 
Pyorable 'reactions: . 
£'f "Any. society 'against eom- 
£munism . is good'' . . "I'm 
Kin': favor — it's -patriotic" . . . 
^-'frying to combat commu- 
*nism and its . aims are hon- 
fest" . : . "any movement 
:■ 'against communism is of 
* "merit" . . . "trying to . do 
: what they think is. best for 
^he U.S." . . . I think it is 
[,;^randerful." 

Today's survey is based 
fori' |views obtained in pjr- 
'■<son|l interviews with l,qp8 
- aduas in 156 sampling areas 
"'across the country. ; | 



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JOHH BIRCH SOCIETY 



She FBBBBOM CLUB OP TEE FIHST CGHORB&AailGJlAl ©HOHOH at 535 Stafctb 
Hoover Street, Lo© Angeles , presented In a apeaklng engagement;-, 
MR, B0BJBR5 WEIGH, author, editor, publisher, founder and head of 
the ifom BIEOH SOCiMY, at the SH&XJffi CIVIC mmifmiVH, SDuesda^, 
April U, 1961, at 8:00 P.M. 

At 7 445 P*SU a picket line wae started in front of the SKRXEE 
AUDI 5? OKI UK, Hoval Street entrance* 0)her© were approximately 
42 picketers who were from, the YQXffl& S08IALI&2 AlM^OB and 
they carried pioket signs with the following slogans painted 
on theme 

DOB 'f BE A VtfEIGHBR OB ^HB BILL OF Kl&EfS. 
WBLGH, A WOOLS BE BIC$AffO&. 

WHY DOBS BOBBXK "V/m/JH" OH PflfiSS GOHffBRBBeBB? 

AMERICA, YES, WELCH, 2J0. 

JOIfi U8 f Y.S.A. ©PPOSBS FASCISMS. 

Wig BGS»T A FASOISf AMERICA. 

SQUELCH WELSH, Y0tm& SOOIALISS AfcUAHCB. 

BOH 'I! .BE A ¥EI£HKR ON CIVIL EIGHTS* 

STOP THE hlG LIB, 1961 - WELCH, 1933 - MITIMR. 

WIffOH HOHSIHQ SNJJS IB A5HE3 • 

A BffiMOCHAGY GaM'.T TOLBSATE A WELCH. 

?ABQISH BLOW0BD TEE EXGHMMBS, SfOF PASS ISM HOW. 

IS EOHORROW'S FtJERBH SPBAKIBG 2QHIGH3P? 

At 8il0 P*K* unknown person d threw several eggs from the rear of 
the parking lot, located directly across from the front entrance 
of the Shrine Auditorium, no one was hit, some egge fell on vehielee 
parked* At 8s 15 P.M. the picket ISine wee disbanded, the following 
persona were observed in the pioket lin e as eta ted above e I I 

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I | of the ffBQ'PLS'S world, a Communist newe gaper, was observe d 

speaicxng xo members of the pioket line as they demonstrated* 



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MEL SOBERS \WWn was introduced by HOE&LaHU I)# JUISBS, Ohaijssan 
of the FHBBDOH GLtJB, and the invocation prior to the meeting was 
given by PA^HEH 8HERIDAJT of the CATHOLIC ISFOK^IOB GIMMR, On 
the stage with the Chairman and ME. WKLGH were *HR. L.A, AliS8EBT,H.£. 
and 2J&. ^FtBS : W. ?I?XKXD t JR., Minister of the First Congregational 
Church. 

After HR. WB10B % S epesoh, wbiofc is attached to this report as B&hibit 
A, there was a (guest lea and answer period. There were no disturbance© 
inside or outside the Auditorium. 

The press was well represented, many photographs were taken by 
various newspapers, particularly of the pickets, television 
coverage was given to the pickets and of the speaker by Channel 
11^ KTfV* Xhe program was video-taped and released, on Channel 11 
at 10:20 and ran until approximately 12 00 A.M.. 5?he 9fV 

coverage was moderated by BILL WELCH and sponsored*^ MU ROSS 
DOG FOOD 00* 

Below is a list of Exhibits and where they were obtained! 



Exhibit A 
Exhibit B 

Exhibit 



Speech and question and answers as given 
by RGBBR2 VfKUJK. 

JPress release given by ROBERT "WELCH upon 
his arrival in Los Angeles on 4-B-61, 
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Atomic Wars* 



Exhibit J5 - rwo handbills, one large and one small » 

handed out in front of the Shrine Auditorium 
by representatives of LIBERTY LOBBY, 998 
national .Press Building, Washington 4, 13. 0. 

Exhibit E - Program of the meeting presented by the 

FREEDOM CLUB 'OF FIRS? 0»eRJBG.A5?IQBUL 

CHURCH. 



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Robert Welch, founder of the 
ultra right-wing John Birch So- 
ciety, has said that many top 
U,S. leaders are Communists 
or Communist sympathizers. 

For Welch's information, he 

■ fend his organization are perfect 
r tools ot Communism. His use 

; * pf front organizations and in- 

■ jsistence on attacking some of 
I our respected top leaders only 

follows the communist line of 
spying and casting unwarrant- 
ed doubt in the minds of the 
people. 

Instead of claiming to be a 
fighter of Communism, h e 
should admit to being a Hitler 
supporter. He and two neo-Nazi 
Los Angeles youths, Leonard 
Holstein and Jeffery Skinner 
should join hands in their at- 
tempts to destroy the American 
.ideal of freedom and justice. 

Clergy Too 
; Speaking at the Shrine audi- 
torium last week, Welch even 
accused the clergy of being 
Communists. He said, "Protes- 
tant ministers do not become 
Communists, but Communists 
do become Protestant minis- 
ters." 

Such statements as this seem 
to be a Welch favorite, no 
names given, no places given 
and most important of all, NO 
PROOF that anything he has 
said is true. 

He accused former President 
Eisenhower of being a "Com- 
munist agent," in a letter he 
claims was to a friend. He said 
(jt was published without his 
knowledge and had nothing to 
ho with the society or its be- 

i j efs- , 

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as yet, as should have been 
done if his letter was really 
printed' without his permission. 
Praise McCarthy 

Welch gives much praise to 
the late Senator Joseph McCar- 
thy and his fight against Com- 
munism. He said that McCar- 
thy was attacked because he 
was effective, but he does not 
say whether he was effectiv 
as a witch hunler, dictator 
an anti-American. 

He speaks as the little ma 
he is when he says, "I dcrA 
like him (Chief Justice Earl 
Warren). He has taken the lead 
in a long continued conversion 
of this republic into a demo- 
cracy. 

Who gives a darn whether 
he likes Warren or not, and 
why doesn't he admit that his 
attitude toward Warren is based 
on the point that Warren -votes 
last in Supreme Court decis- 
ions. | 

Welch wants the Suprcr/p 
Court, in fact the whole ccuil- 
try, to |p back to the statists 
quo and the isolation peiicd. 
Foreign Aid 

The Anti-Communist wants to 
do away with foreign aid — what 
a great triumph this would be 
for the Communist world. 
Krushchev would probably like 
to make Welch Russian Am- 
bassador to Laos if aid was 
cut off. 

The Society itself met at a 
convention in Chicago last week- 
end to establish a third party 3 , 
with thoughts of running Welcjt 
for the presidency in IdM* 
Welch declined the offer. __Jr 



- T ' t "' rnjivontirn itseli-was 
peeled to draw more than 300 
: delegates but fell far sfrcit of. 
.jthis number. Only 100 people 
. attended the meet. This non- 
j enthusiastic support in the John 
, Birch Society and its thoughts i 
of becoming a third party help' 
to bring back some of my iaith 
in the American people, and 
their ability to decide the light 
way, 

" Birch Members 

Among the members cf the 
irch Society are the Abclish 
e Income Tax Group and the j 
Segregation Group, 

The Tax Abolition group has ■ 
been active in the past few I 
years and seems to join any ! 
new Society that comes along. 1 
Welch welcomed them with I 
open arms as well as the Segre- 
gationists who believe that with 
the help of his Society they can 
return to segregated educaiiorr. 
Since Warren had a vote in the 
decision the Segregationists , 
agree with the Birchers ide.^ 

of impeaching him. ^' > 

^ i 
] Need for Members '>< 

j From Communism to ihjfj 

Abolition of Income Tax antli 

[ Segregation is going from one 1 

end of the scale to the^ other. 

But the Birchers need for 
members has led them to call 
upon all types of conservative 
idea groups. 

The Birch Society labels lib- 
erals as Communists and claims 
that they are a threat to every- 
thing this nation stands for. 
They refuse to fight Commun- 
ism by constitutional means, 
education and investigation by 
proper authorities. 

Welch recently quoted from 
the Bible saying, "if you aril ; 
rot for me you are againat 
rjie." If this is the line he fol- : 
Jaws I stand AGAINST hiik 
!a*iid_his_ society. . . ■ 



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called ^MC|^^^^g|rGlM^ which is a sort of 
civic g r o ^ iov^^x^SSS^^^ 3 ^^^^^ e 1 Canyon area. It is 
currently/interested in getting the county to put a park and 
playgroUnd there. 

However, there Is an element in the neighborhood which 
calls itself a Freedom C^ub/ which is anti- the park and is 
a dissident influence in the~C mmunity Center. According to 
complaint ant, this Freedom C 1 ub may very well be affile ted with 
the JOHN BIRCH SOCIETY. She says they are extremists on the 
so-called right and , she believes, oas dangerous as the 
extremists on the left such as the CP. 

She had no specific names or data on which to base 
her suspicions of subversive activity; and she admitted this 
sort of bickering and antagonism has been going on in the 
Laurel Canyon- W n raderland Park area for years, 

S v e was advised that a record would be madeof her call 
and info furnished, but no comment was made regarding the 
BIRCH S ciety or the allegations of her complaint. 



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Southland Ministers Lash-. 
Back at Birch Accusation 

A group of, 137 Southland ters 1 in "the- nation ^cu. fialr-]li£fluence/ power tad afllu- 
ministers today took Robert ly-be called" Contmuntsts or ence. 
Welch and his- John Birch Cpnimunist aympathliers. . '■' "Our . churches, schools, 
Society to task for saying ("Protestant ministers do and other traditional instl- 
iwuiy.Proteatant clergymen nrt become.C^munlsts^t jtutions in the United States, 
wea'Comrtiunista 2^ U I!.M!?^ 5m as well as many, of our- to 

.The group's printed tote- w^Sn* . Jm£ loved statesmen, educators 

ment d?d not mention Wdch He d d not name any he and cfersvnien bTSI 
or the society he founded, knew- to be. Communist*.) subjected to vicious attack; 
But the Rev. Kring Allen,- . THE CLERGYMEN'S re- by blanket accusations and 
one of the "concerned cler- ply stated that "there seems by "unsupported charges. - 
gymen," told The Mirror it to be an Increase fa the « In thi nwwnt wnrid aft. 

atructive .of t^e^yalid-ends! 
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"i* impossible 'to misuse 
freedom 1 as to .destroy, if; 
with, anarchy' being toe re* 
suit 

"Any group or individual, 
however well-intentioned, 
, that promotes a program of 
hatred,, suspicion ' and dis* 
, trust of our free American 
j institutions, ' and that in- 
dulges in the Irresponsible 



labeling 'of. people, and Insti- 
tutions, is unwittingly serv- 
ing 'the cause of those who 
would destroy these institu- 
tions." 

OTHER MEMBERS of the 
committee with the Rev. Mr. 
Allen were 'the Rev. J. Qg- 
den Hoffman, executive di- 
rector of Christian "Educa- 
tion, Episcopal Diocese of 
Los Angeles; the Rev.' 
Charles S. Kendall,- pastor. 
Hollywood:. First Methodist 
Church; the Rev. Donald D. 
Roland, pastor,. West Knoll 
^Congregational Church. . 
I The statement was signed 
oy 133 other ministers repre- 
senting many Sout hern Call 
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■ fSAGLB BOCK, Apra-fts^John Blreh. ins nrardfered 
by Connjtmist ffnerrlllai years before the JolmVBtrcfa 
.Society was founded. So why should enemled of the 
■octet? smear Am. memoir of- John Birehf They my be 
beloafed to o "sealou* branch of the Baptist Church.'* 
TBJs It -a strange charge t6 come fropi them who pre- ■ 
test thai they believe b» -religious freedom. Why 
■hoaUat a Baptist .or any other Christum be seslous? 
They olio say Cm though If were .a reflection, on John 
Blreh) that the Coirnnnnhty would. Mil you "at the drop 
of a handkerchief.* " but hp dqe.'se far, has saM that 
Mm Birch was .playing drep-tbehaDdaerchief with . 
the Gmnmles. History prove* that Been Aeheson wm 
doing that. John Blreh seems to hare been the oM-Hme, 
promT American who would hot have, stood for fbcb- 
mdbmtties as a Bed Chinese major dsppmp the nee 
of an American eaptam at 'the Fanmonjom "Peace j wn- 
fajee.* tor ttds, he wu killed and for this he.l»;itfhiy 
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a member of the John Birch Society. In addition he is going 
to prove that all individuals and organisations in Santa Barbara 
who are vorkjng against Communism are fronting Tor the John 
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articles exposing the tactics, aims, etc of Communism which 
have received .high praise from many conservative groups. She 
stated- that she is not a member of the John Birch " Society, but 
that she certainly agrees vrith their . objective of exposing and 
fighting Communism, . and that many of : he r friends are members, of 
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"Bate, March 19, 196l. 

"Place, Park Manors 607 So. Western Ave. 
"Time/ 7 P.M. " - 10-15" P.M. " 

"Feature, 23rd Anniversary of The People's World* 

So. Calif ortiia Committee for The People's World, 
AL RICHMOND. - ^ ' " " 
PEARL WHITLOW - young soprano 

FRANK GREENWOOD" - Dramatic presentations (actor) 
LENNY POTASH/ Folic Singer, 
"'\ JEAN BENNETT Folk Singer 
"Attendance, about 1000 



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* -" ' " AL RICHMOND* stated that we are f acting a new 

policy* "There is a leaning toward McCarthy! am, and also 
the problem of the John Birch organization, which is very 
harmful, as it is definitely facist . 

' "KENNEDY is ^hot keeping his election promises . 
He has done nothing for labor and there are hundreds out 
of work. 

"Automation is replaeeing labor and there must 
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"The Negro problem, has not been cleared in Georgia, v 

and KENNEDY is doing nothing about it. 

"The picture Operation Abolition has meant that 
more and more people" raising more pressing questions 
it was mis-represented. ' . 

"fftiere were over one thousand persons attending 
a seminar last Sat/ in San Francisco, including professors 
and 'attorneys/ expressing "their dpihions, that the H*U*A' # C* " 
should* be" abolished. We" are growing wittf 1200 new subscriptions 
last year, and" we are increasing our' of flee force and with 
young men. A new member of our staff is" CARL BLOICE, 23 yrs 
of age, and the oldest member 1b thirty-nine. 

"LINUS PAULING is being dragged before the H. U.A.C. 
because He is' a" Scientist . He Icriows what can and will happen 
in a nuclear war. 

■ "PRANK WILKINSON is being sent to prison, which 

is very unfair, because he stood up to the First Amendment. 

"We must have Peace. 

"There will be a World Wide Peace March April 1st, 

1961 . 

" "A" meeting will be held at the Alexandria Hotel, 
5th & Spring, Sunday, March 26, 196l, at 2 P.M. to protest 
the appointment of General ABDLPH EECJSINGER to the post 
of N.A.T.O, Commander, by Pres. KENNEDY. 

"This country is being overrun by Nasis and 
they will take over, if they have an opportunity. We 
must stop thexa. 

"Dr. BRANDON BOWLIN' was unable to be present 
because of a throat condition, which will incapacitate him 
for three months. 



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"' "Dir. BOWLIN is chairman of the Afro- American 
Association for Afro- American. Relations. 

n AL RICHMOND also said that Assemblyman -FRANCIS 
stated that 'Eureka is a Communist Center.' 'That is not true. ' 

ACTION ; 

[ Informant was thoroughly interviewed concerning 

the above and could add nothing further. 

All necessary action in connection with this memo 
has been taken by the writer. 

The following are being indexed to this memo: 




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TefeRed 'Principle - 
Of Reversal,' Use 
Of Fake Patriotism 

\THE ANSWERS— Replies of Robert Welch to questions asked 
him about the patriotic John Birch Society and the Red 
\ peril in the United States on Page A-15. 



Americans are being led down the road to Com- 
munism by "the Communist principle of reversal" 
through which loyal citizens are lured into "move- 
ments" masquerading as anti-Communist. 

This the heart of the warn * — 

lng today laid before Los Ange 
les by Robert Welch, founder 
id head of the controversial 



, John Birch Society. 
' jpie retired Massachusetts 
candy manufacturer voiced his 
I warning at a Shrine Audito- 
j rium meeting of more than 6000 
j persons last night. 

WILDLY CHEERED 
Welch was greeted by a 
long and loud standing ova- 
tion before his 95-rniiiute at 
tack on communism and 
I Communist Infiltration, and 
was wildly cheered in a 
.longer and louder standing 
ovation at its conclusion. 
The meeting was under the 
auspices of the Freedom Club 
: of the First Congregational 
Church of Los Angeles. 
I "For years we have been 
! taken steadily down the 
; road ■ to communism by 
I steps supposedly designed, 
! and presented to the Ameri- 
[ can people, as ways of fight- 
ing communism," Welch 
charged, adding that "the 
whole foreign aid program 
is an excellent example." 
CATCH PHRASES 
Communists also frequently 
"take their greatest weakness 
or danger, and by bluff and 
audacity and lies convert it 
iinto their greatest item of 
i strength in particular circum 



catch phrases they have foist 
ed on the American people," 
Welch asserted, adding: 

"It was Joe McCarthy's 
methods of fighting com- 
munism by actually expos- 
ing Communists that scared 
the daylights out of them 
and made his destruction 
the most important item on 
the whole Communist 
agenda for about two years," 
Welched charged. 
His reference to the late 
senator from Wisconsin drew 
one of the -loudest and length- 
iest tif the many ovations 
which interrupted Welch's 
.speech. 

RED PROPAGANDA 

In their attack on Mc- 
Carthy, Welch pointed out, 
the Communists "came up 
with 'I like what McCarthy- 
is trying to do, but I can't 
stand his methods' — and they 
put this brilliant cliche into 
the mouths and the minds of 
millions of American people, 
who had no idea that they 
were parroting Communistj 
propaganda." 

Welch declared the Mc-i 
Carthy catch-phrase was justi 
one of many employed by the| 
Reds in their "principle of! 
reversal." 

Outside the auditorium 
some 35 pickets, who repre 




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bers of a local Socialist 
group, picketed. There were, 
however, no incidents inside 
or outside the Shrine. 
INFILTRATE CLERGY 
Statements made by Welch 
dicing his speech included 
thtee: 

\. Communists have in- 
filtrated the Protestant 
clergy to the extent that 
some three per cent of the 
ministers are Reds or Red 
sympathizers. 

2, Far from being a move- 
ment of the masses, Com- 



munism "has always been 
imposed from the top 
down, by the very rich, the 
highly educated, and the 
politically powerful." 

3. Welch's controversial 
letter— "The Politician"— in 
which he purportedly la- 
beled certain prominent 
Americans as Communistic, 
was disavowed by the John 
Birch Society at its found- 
ing in 1958. 

Welch pointed out that the 
preceding "catch phrase" was 
just one of many employed by 



the Reds- in T their "principle' 
of reversal." 

Others, designed to re-elect! 
the late Franklin D. Roosevelt \ 
for a third term, and to tor i 
pedo the late Sen. Robert A.! 
Taft's chances of winning $he, 
Republican presidential no.pl j 
nation in 1952 were: { i 
"I cant stand Roosevelt, ; 
but we must support his for- j 
eign policy." 

"I like Taft, but he can't [ 
win." 1 
Turning his attention to 
the United Nations, Welch 
Itold his audience: 

"The Communists have 



now reached the point 
where they can count on 
just as complete control of 
the whole United Nations 
apparatus as they need. So 
the most important remain- 
ing task in this connection 
is to pull the United States 
iftore completely into and 
ujpder the control of the 
United Nations, 
jj KHRUSHCHEV PLAN . 
"And the way to do that, 
of course, is to convince 
enough of the American 
people that the United Na- 
tions in general and Dag^ 
Hammarskjold (United Wa7 



tions secretary general) in 
particular are actually do- 
ing something the Soviets 
don't want them to do. 

"So Mr. Khrushchev be- 
comes, for the period neces- 
sary to his purpose, the 
most severe critic of Ham- 
marskjold and of the United 
Nations." 

Of the clergy, Welch told 
his listeners: 

"We see the principle of 
reversal at work in the in- 
filtration of Communists' 
into the Protestant min- 
-iisfery, because that is almost 
the last place the ordinary j 



American would expect to 
find them. 

SAME GULLIBILITY ■ 
"But. while the percent-^ 
age of Comsymps (Cornel 
munists or their symaa* - 
thizers) in that field is only ! 
around three per cent, ajhd \ 
no blame can be attached | 
to the other 97 per cent ! 
except for the same gulli* ' 
bility with which Ameri- f 
cans as a whole are afc { 
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tions. « ■— — ; ■ 
I "For the bey to this 
jwhole situation, I believe, is 
j that Protestant ministers 
] do not become commu- 
nists, but Communists do 
become Protestant minis- 
ters. 

"The principle of reversal 
) accounts for the extensive 
1 and high infiltration into 
our government of Com- 
,symps like Alger Hiss and 
1 Harry Dexter White, and so 
many others who have been 
exposed. 

"For the United States was 
the greatest obstacle to Com- 
munist global conquest. Get- 
ting their agents into the 
highest echelons of the gov- 
I eminent of their most pow- 
erful and implacable enemy, 
and thus converting their 
gieatest weakness and dang- 
I en into their greatest 
I strength, was clearly indicat- 
ed as of the very essence of 
i their strategy. 
I "And tney have been able 
to accomplish this with so 
j comparatively small a num- 
ber of Comsymps in just the 
i right places that I am sure 
! more than §8 per cent of all 
the employes of our federal 
government ;have been and 
are loyal and patriotic Amer- 
icans, even right through the 
very betrayals which they 
themselves were helping to 
Implement.'*, 

In a question and answer pe- 
riod following; his prepared ad- 
dress, Welch ^as asked: 

FROM TpP DOWN 

! Welch pointe dout that 
"from the very beginning, 
| Communism ■ has been pre- 
isented as a movement of the 
; proletariat, ££s a rising of the 
!supposed|ly shackled and 
^'^ntrodclefi^oor against, the 
whVNere exploiting 
' explained 



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the biggest l ies in all his- 
tory, CommuTliMu "has al- 
ways been imposed from 
the top down, by the very 
rich, the highly educated 
and the politically power- 
ful, on the suffering masses 
whise conditions have al- 
ways been made worse by 
the tyrannical Communist 
rule than they were before.*' 
A Stalin rising from the 
peasantry, Welch asserte<tJ1s 
as rare in the ruling dohv 
munist circles of the world as 
is a conscience." 

Welch charged the "Com- 
munist principle of reversal 
has been used to present 
Communism as the exact op- 
posite of what it is— and I can 
find you a lot more Harvard 
accents in Communist circles 
in America today than you 
can find in. overalls." 

LIES AND THEFT 

The "principle of reversal'' 
is more than Communist stra- 



Welch declared. It is, he said, 
Communist purpose ' itself, 
adding: 

"The recognition of lies 
and theft and murder, as 
perfectly proper for the 
man in position to use 
them, tends to offset any 
residual respect in the hu- 
man consscience for such 
opposites as truth and char- 
ity and forgiveness. 

"The net result is to pro- 
duce a spiritual and moral 
nihilism, for the run-of-the- 
mill communists — which 
alone would be disastrous 
enough. 

"But somewhere behind 
these moral neutralists 
there seems to be a demo- 
cratic group or power 
which goes even further. 

"It actually seeks to make 
hatred instead of love the 
great motivating force, and 
the ideal to be sustained to 
the limit of one's dedica- 
tion in e^ll -the- affairs of 
man." 



FUTURE^ATJTAKE 
Welch warned "we are faced 
with perhaps the greatest de- 
cision, for man or nation, in 
all human history," asserting: 
"The whole outlook of man 
for centuries, and possibly for 
millenniums, is at stake. But 
despite the present vast en- 
trenchment and power of the 
forces of evil, I personally be- 
lieve we are at the point de- 
acjihed by St. Paul in his 
messag eto. the Romans, when 
he said: 

"'The night is far spent, 
the day is at hand: Let ut\ 
therefore cast off the work! 
of darkness, and let us pu 
on the armor of light.'" 
The decision which Ame^ 
ican must make through 
words, actions and courage is 
"which we wish our children 
and their children to worship 
—the God of Hate, or the God 
of Love." 

Welch's audience was or- 
derly and dignified except on 



tegy to accomplish a purpose, the many occasions when his 

attacks oh Comunism touched 
off enthusiastic roars of ap- 
plause. 

Despite the pickets outside 
the auditorium, which dis- 
persed after the audience was 
inside, there were no dis- 
orders. hnLa_f feeling of ten- 
sion prevailed. 



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'Comtsie4a$pired Attack" 

Birch Founder 




; Questions which have rocked the nation in con* 

trover sy over the John Birch Society today had an- 

;swers here—and directly from the organisation's 

founder-director, Robert Welch. 

The retired Massachusetts* 
candy manufacturer who 
has dedicated, himself to art 
unrelenting fight against 



Communism and Communist 
infiltration, answered the 
questions last night. 

They were asked over a 
network of five microphones 
in aisles of the Shrine Audi- 
torium where Welch ad- 
dressed more than 6000 cheer- 
ing Angelenos. The "mikes" 
were manned by members of 
the Freedom Club of the First 
Congregational Church, 
which sponsored the meet- 
ing. 

Here are some of the ques- 
tions, and Welch's answers: 
QUESTION: Why has the 
press attacked the John Birch 
Society? 

WELCH: The Communist 
Peoples World, Feb. 25 in 
San Francisco, launched an 
attack against the John 
Birch Society. 

It apparently was the sig- 
nal for an attack for some 
parts of the press in some 
parts of the country. The 
Peoples World article was a 
' 'push-button" incident, 
picked up by other media 
and used even to tbe extent 
that the 'same errors and 
mistakes in 1 fact were re- 
peated in other media. 
, QUESTION: Would you com- 
ment on Moral Re-Armament? 

WELCH: Some of my 
friends think very highly 
about Moral Re-Armament 
— and some of ray friends 
do not. As for myself, I 
^ would not, in the limited 
time available to me. wish 
to comment raore-iully on 
this question. 



have the strongest Bed ac- 
tion hi the world., 
(Welch also pointed out the. 
vast amount of "confusion^ 
in the fight against Cton^un* 
ism also is a contributing 
factor against outlawing of 
the Communist Party in 
America.) 

QUESTION: Do you have any 
political ambitions? 

ANSWER: No. I have no 
prospect or any possibility 
of having any. (Welch 
plained that all of his enerj 
will be consumed by 
duties to the society whicl 
he serves.) 



QUESTIO N: is it tr ue mem- 
bers of the Society - are bound 
by secret by-laws committing 
them to do anything,, no mat- 
ter what is asked of them? 

WELCH: You ought to ask 
our members how far we'd 
get, trying to do something 
like that. We don't want 
anybody to do anything he 
or she doesn't believe in. 
We send out bulletins sug- 
gesting concerted action, 
but we also remind mem- 
bers that they don't have 
to do anything that is 
against their conscience or 
judgment. 

(Welch said members were 
hot expelled for persistent re- 
fusal to follow bulletin sug- 
gestions, but added "anybody 
who consiste ntly d isagreed 
with Society principles would 
nuit._anvwav.")_ 



QUESTION: What was the 
first newspaper (except the 
Peoplea World) to attack the 
John Birch Society? 

WEXlpH: The Chicago , 
Daily ftews, last July. » 
QUESTION: What can we 
do to combat communism, be- 
sides joining the John Birch 
Society? 

WELCH: Education. Get- 
ting your friends, neighbors 
and acquaintances to read 
about communism and to 
understand it. 
QUESTION: Why can't we 

outlaw the Communist Party 

in the United States? 

WELCH: Obviously we 
can't get enough members 
of Congress to vote for it. 
But I don't think outlawing 
the Communist Party would 
be of too much help— some 
nations" whir b hay * out 
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! By JEAN BOSQUET 
I Ever since 1946 the 
[ United States Government 
I has been the most power- 
| f ul single force supporting* 
1 worldwide commu nism'sj 
; advance, 6000 persons 
■;were told at Shrine Audi- 
torium Tuesday night by 
Eobert Welch, leader of 
I the John Birch Society. 
1 "And all the while, our 
Government was pretending 
yto oppose Communism" the 
1 61-year-old, white haired. ie- 
tired candy maker declared 
}■ before the Freedom Club of 
(First Congregational Church 
\ .About 25 pickets walked 
outside the auditorium at the 
[start of the speech, display- 
ling banners, but caused no 
disturbance. 

'Infiltration has gone so 
jfar today that -not only our 
i Federal, but our State gov- 
i ernmemts are subject to Com- 
j munist influence," Welch 
I said. "Communists in our Gov- 
'ernment have heavily influ- 
enced major decisions since 
1941. 

"Since 1941, more than 90 
!■ per cent of the employees in 

our Federal Government did 
! not suspect what was going 
'on. But all the Communists 

need is three per cent of any 
; organization, to accomplish 

their purposes. 
! "I don't think the Coj 

munists have three per cen|of 

F ^deral employees sympa- 
I t] Letic to communism, fut 
j eren in Russia a man who 
I says he saw a Cornmunist 

could hewrong 95 jjer cent of 



the time. These Communists 
in jpur Government have done 
a terrific job of deter minirag 
out policy." F 
Welch pointed to attempts 
^o break up the House tjh- 
American Activities Commit- 
tee and the recent attack on, 
a Los Angeles area student 
editor of an anti-Communist 
publication as example's of 
the extent to which Commu- 
nist infiltration has gone in 
this country. , 

"Communism has always 
been forced from the top 
down," Welch declared, "by 
the very rich and powerful 
on to the masses of suffering 
people. It is said 'he can't be 
a Communist because he's so 
very rich,' to which my answer 
is 'nuts.' 

"I can find you a lot more ! 
Harvard accents in commu- 
nistic circles in America today , 
than you can find among the i 
masses." 

Welch said the Soviets i 
••know there's almost no limit 1 
to the innocence and gullibil-| 
ity of the American 1 people" 1 
and charged the people of 
this country were deluded by, 
their government during thet 
Korean war.. 

"During that war, Chiangj 
Kai-shek had 600,000 troops on I 
Formosa. If those troops hadi 
started pouring on to the! 
mainland of China, the opera- j 
tion would have spread like; 
a prairie fire . . . they had to 
be stopped. 

"Our fleet patrolled the For- 
mosa Strait, and we were told 
it was protecting Formosa 
from the mainland, when as; 
a matter of fact it was there 
to keep Chiang Kai-shek's 
troops from attacking the 
mainland." 

Welch also charged the 
Communists "have now 
reached the point where they 
can count on the control of 
the entire United Nations ap- 
paratus, so their task is to pull 
the united States under #he 
control oi the UN. 



Khrushchev has convinced! 
the, American people, e|?cn,| 
thai Romulo Bettancour| of; 
Venezuela is anti - Commu- 

welch declared the strength 
of the Coromunist conspiracy 
in this country lies in the; 
very top of our social, wealthy, 
and political circles. 

"Where, in what organized 
segment of our national life, 
would you expect to find the, 
fewest Communists? In the; 
clergy, you will say. Yet wei 
are told the largest single! 
proportion of Communists in} 
America is in our Protestant 1 
clergy. | 
"There are over 200,000; 
Protestant ministers in the! 
United States, and about 7000 ; 
of tlhem are Communist sym-j 
patpizers. That's about 3(?necl 



"Si! we are being persuaded; 
to do what we don't knowj 
the Soviets want us to da] 



cerjt, and that's because of 
thdb gullibility and apathy, 
and because Protestant min- 
isters don't become Commu- 1 
nists, but Communists, be- j 
come Protestant ministers. 1 



"Some ministers who think 
with their hearts instead of 
their heads become beguiled -■ 
by humanitarian principles to 
the extent that they turn to 
communism." ( 

He said the Protestant min- 
istry should have been in the 
forefront of the fight against 
communism in this country 
but instead "we have clergy- 
men protesting against keep- 
ing Bed China out of the UN, 
and declaring capitalism is 
the worst form of govern- 
ment." 

He said infiltration of the 
Government here was brought 
about by the Communists 
getting their agents into the 
highest offices, and through 
the use of the "principle of 
reversal." 

He described the principle 
of reversal as "a Communist 
trick of taking their greatest 
weakness and converting it 
into a great strength." He! 
said the use of manufactured 
slogans and catch phrases ) 
wasrpsrt of the reversal tefh- i 
niqye. i| ; 

H^j; said the Communist [(at- 
tacks on the late Sen. Joseph 
McCarth y illustrated the re- 



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j thlt a catch phrase whidh 
wafc made popular at the i]U 
stitation of the Communist 
w# "we like what McCarthy 
is doing, but we don't like 
his methods." 

With this catch phrase 
spread among Americans, Mc- 
Carthy was discredited by the 
Communists, Welch declared. 
He$ gave other instanced of 

whit he termed the reveifeal 
technique complete with catch 
phrases, which, he said, the 
Communists employed to ac- 
complish their purposes. 

Welch declared "for years, 
we have been ta!:en steadily 
down the road to Communism 
by steps which the American 
people were told were intend 
ed to combat the evil." 

pointed to foreign -aid! ss 



anjexample of the United' 
Statibs laying itself open -to; 
Communist encroachment. -' ; 

"American foreign aid from- 1 
the time it began has been a 
(tremendous help to the ad- 
vance of Communism," he' 
saij. "It was planned by tl 
(Communists for that purpc 
jTbi eommunists used 01 
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On Ministers 

WASHINGTON, April 12 W 
—Sen. Gale W. McGee, Demo- . 
crat of Wyoming, told the Sen-, 
ate today that Robert Welch,v 
founder of the John Birchj: 
Society, had cast "recklessN; 
slurs and smears" against. ~ 
Protestant ministers, 

McGee denounced as- ridleu- \ 
lous Welch's statement in 
hoi Angeles speech last night ! 
ithat "Protest ministers do not] 
.beapme Communists — tut] 
'Communists do become - Pi pt- ; 
estant ministers." I 1 

; Welch said about 7000 mt] 
of 200,000 ministers are what- 
he called "Comsymps." J -. 

In comment on Welch's j 
speech, McGee told the Sen* I 
ate: ■ " 

"This is another of the kind] 
of reckless slurs and smears ; 
this man and his society are/; 
visiting on respected segments ! 
, . : nothing could he more . 
ridiculous. Nothin g-jould suit ; 
the CommuHist purpose more S 
than these charges." 



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■SANTA BARBARA — I f i|s~t 
bjcame interested in fine 
John Birch Society simply 
because it was "being men- 
tioned so much in the news. 
A letter to the editor in a I 
paper I saw invited inter- 
ested persons to drop into 
the American Opinion Li- 
brary. 

So I dropped in. 

The library is a converted I 
store front on a Santa Bar- , 
bara side street. Its windows 
hold maps and conserva- 
tive literature. Inside it is ' 
partitioned, into two rooms. 
In front are pamphlets and 
papers, and an attendant i 
to explain them. t 

In the back room are the I 
books, a booth, chairs for - 
readers and, usually, two | 
or three elderly women '. 
processing literature for j 
mailing. : 

I ([was talking to an Ji I 
tendant that first day whelk J 
"^E|t%crriam came inTlfie ~] 
attendant introduced me to | 
him and we became in- 
volved in a political discus- 
sion, j 

He began speaking about 
the Freedom Club that was ', 
being organized, and recom- : 
mended I join. I asked him 
whether theie was any con- 
nection between the Free- 
dom Club and the Birch 
Sopiety and he assured me 
sre was not. ' 
f I hadn't asked that 
^_ fstldn, I doubt if I woup 
have become involved as?l 
did, because it was thejvery_j 



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vehemence of his demai ifr-at 
mg de me suspicious. 
s decided to investigate. 
The trouble was, I didn't 
' know how to go about it. I 
knew absolutely nothing 
about undercover investiga- 
tion. I was new at the uni- 
versity and.had made almost 
,no friends. I realized this 
might be an advantage in a 
■ masquerade, but it was also 
a little disconcerting. 
: I went back to the campus 
and talked it over with my 
j roommate. He seemed to 
feel the same way I did 
about front groups, so I told 
him my proposition; I would 
ijoin the Freedom Club and. 
play the role of an ultra- 
■i conservative; he would help 
iwith the planning, in the 
! correlation, of evidence, and 
[support me in any tight 
spots. ■ 



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This was the beginning of 
Publius, our counterforce to 
the Birch Society— Freedom 
Club combine. Publius mem- 
bership (which soon grew to 
five) was directly responsible 
fortmy ability to lead a di 
blejflife. 

Ithout their counseling 

and support I think I either , 
would have given up under j : 
the strain or been caught up i! 
in some foolish action. 

Probably the most impor- 
tant thing for me about i 
"Ptflblius" was that we coufd 
occasionally lock ourselvjes | 
in dorm room and I couiid 
enfcy an hour or so fcf i 
sanity. No need to preach the ' 



™ impeachment of the si> 
preme Court, no need to 

tthe university adaiin- 
.ori as Communist no 
to agree with the jpre- 
ti that the Red hordes 
would envelop the United 
States within two years. 

It was like becoming re- 
acquainted with myself. Be- 
cause while I was with the 
Birchers I literally had to 
become a Bircher. It was 
something like "method" 
acting, in which the per- 
former actually believes he 
is the character. I found I 
had to convince myself I 
was a Birchman before I 
could convince others. 

"Publius" also provided 
me with protection. On more 
than one occasion when the 
pressure was on and it 
looked as if I was in danger 
of being discovered, the guys 
would station themselves 
nearby and stick there until 
I vjas safely away from the 
^Hing place. ' 



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ind when things real 
got ticklish, Line Killiaih 
(of Publius) was happy to 
play the heavy. I de- 
nounced him as a Com- 
munist and a spy and 
thereby saved my own un- 
dercover hide. 

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thfe maturity of the fellows 
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It s a wonder -none of us i 
: flunked out. Between the ' 
! work I was doing for Birch 

: friends were helping 'rnef 
on these assignments, too) ( 

Si- P V5 Iius ' counterat 1 
tactone literature and bul- 
letins, we were devotine 
more time to investigation 
than to school work. 

JNEXT: Arnold's con- 
tftcts with the adult Bir* 
Sfciety. An uitrasecrit i 
geetmg in an isolate*! 
Mansion. Publius sS 
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Wiis is the fourth of a 
series of exclusive articles 
in fohich David Arnold de- 
scribes his experiences as 
leaser of the University of 
California - Santa Barbara 
chapter of the John Birch 
Society. 

Arnold, political science 
student, carried out his in- 
vemgation in an attempt 
to brove the Santa Barbara 
Jiedom Club, a conserva- 
tive youth group, actually 



was a front for the ultra- 
conservative Birch Socikty. 

Latest development inlthe 
controversy, which took 
place Monday night, has 
the announcement by David 
Hoicomb, Freedom Club 
president, that Chet Mer- 
riam, area coordinator for 
the Birch Society, had re- 
signed from the Freedom 
Club. Hoicomb also said the 
campus. Birch chapter m& 
been dissolved. * 



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(Co^. Brown Says Sogig^r 
Appeals to Deluded 



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SACRAMENTO— The John 
Birch Society, in the opinion 
of Governor Brown, "is one 
of those groups like the Ku 
Klux Klan that comes along 
from time to time and ap- 
peals to the paranoiac in peo- 
ple and then passes on.' 1 

Paranoia is symptomized 
by delusions, such as those o1 
grandeur or persecution. 

Brown discussed the Birch 
Society at a news conference 
when lie was told that 
Thomaff J. Anderson, Nash- 
ville publisher and member 
,of the society's national coun- 
cU/sugsested in Los Angeles 



the Governor "should be 
tried" for his welcome to 
Khruschchev, and on the 
same day there, Arthur H. 
Motley, u. s. Chamber of 
Commerce president, called 
Robert Welch, society foun- 
der, "irresponsible." 

Brown said he was "In pretty 
good company . . . They want 
to impeach Earl Warren; theyj 
think. Dwight Eisenhower is' 
part and parcel of the Com-j 
munist conspiracy, and any 
group that would attack in fcfaat 
way two great Americans Is mot 
worthy of any discussion ui|on; 
the part of the Governor of Jfche 
State of California." 



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. SACRAMENTO — Gov 
Brown Tuesday lashed out 
'at the John Birch Society in 
general and criticized two 
jtLS." congressmen who are 
members for showing a lack 
pi judgment in joining the 
ultra-i'ight wing group, 
' Brown said, "I think that 
the John Birch Society is one 
ioE those groups like the Ku 
KJux Ivlan that comes along 
from time to time and ap- 
peals to the. paranoia in peo- 
ple and then passes on," 

Sees tack e£ Judgment 

Asked whether he thought 
Rep. Edgar W. Hiestand {R- 
Altadena) and Rep. John H 
RouEselot (R-San Gabriel) 
should belong to the society, 
he replied: 

"I certainly do not. I cer- 
tainly feel that they show a 
lack of judgment in lending 
their official prestige to an 
organization dedicated in the 
ithings to ,which the- John 
: Birch' Society is apparently 
.dedicated." 

He added that any organ- 
ization attacking former 
[President Eisenhower and 
Chief Justice Warren as the 
Birch Society has done in the 
pait "is not worth any dis- 
culsion upon the part of |he 
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cellor Samuel Gould of the 
I University of California's 
1 Santa Barbara campus de- 
clared Tuesday he was "tre- 
jmendously impressed" with 
j David Arnold, who exposed 
[the link between the local 
[John Birch Society and 
I Freedom Club "front." 

Said Dr. Gould of the 18- 
I year-old student and track 
'star: 

I "On the basis of what 
! I've seen . . > I think he's 
( a youngster who is dedicat- 
ed to his ideals and is will- 
ing to carry them through. 
He saw a duty and he moved 
to perform it." 

Gould, 50, is no stranger to 
campus fronts. As presi- 
dent of Antioch college he 
encountered and dealt with 
front groups on the other- 
end of the political spec- 
trum from the Ultra-con- 
1 servative Birch Society. 

The thing Gould likes 
about the Freedom Club- 
Birch Society controversy is 
that it was dealt with by 
students, without any need 
for direct intervention by 
the administration. 

But he has made no secret 
of, his attitude toward front 
movements. On March 21, 
UC Charter Day, Gould had 
this to say: 

"A new type of student or- 
ganization has developed on 
our campus controlled and 
affiliated from the outside, 
keeping its real origin se- 
cret, and claiming to pro* 
mite Americanism while it| 
>s tnoroughly un-Ameri-, 
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DR. SAMUEL GOULD 

goes on> unchecked, if the 
irresponsible alleg a t i n s 
and rumor mongering con- 
tinue, if everyone is taught 
that as the first tenet of 
Americanism he must sus- 
pect everyone else, if this 
community is indeed per- 
suaded that freedom to 
think and to search for the 
truth is no longer impor- 
tant, then not only will this 
university be destroyed but 
the community itself will, 
in spite of its outward 
beauty, become infected in- 
cur ably with hate and 
bigotry . . . 

Gould says that although 
he was not in direct contact 
with him he was aware at 
the time he made that 
speech of David Arnold's 
undercover attempt to 
prove a connection between 
the Freedom Club and the 
Birch Society. 

Why did he feel the ctj 
btae was a threat to 
campus? 

>i 

tf T feel that a campusMs 
\& place where ideas should 



l 1 

be explored— even unpopu- 
lar ideas. But they should 
be examined in open fash- , 
ion. 

"I think that even the 
fact that this movement' 
was guided from- outside 
would have been accept- j 
able, perhaps. But I became ) 
aware that its object wasn't ; 
only to discuss conservative • 
issues, but was to instill dis- 
trust in the faculty and ad- 
ministration. 

"This technique of the 
Big Lie is tremendous. It's j 
the technique Hitler used. J 

"Given a period of [ 
months or years 1 think it ; 
would have moved into 
other stages." ; 

Dr. Gould said he thought ; 
it was. "important to stress '; 
the fact that the students* ; 
having seen a situation, ; 
dealt with it in a. forthright 1 
fasMon." He added: .' 

|This is the way it slrauld ' 
bej dealt with in the ffiom-[ 
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Thank you for your courtesy and kindness in discussing 1 
with file on the telephone this afternoon the unfortunate matte! 
of the John Birch Society and our local public school hoard \ 
election* \ 

As I stated to you, I was advised this morning that you \ 
recently made a statement to a group of l ocal citizens, while \ 
acting a s] I that I am a member of \ 

the John Birch Society, and that this statement was Intended to \ 
disrupt the present school board election. . 

I appreciate your denial of making any such comment. 
As x have stated, I am not now, and never have been a member of \ 
the Birch organisation, nor to my Knowledge connected therewith 
in any manner whatsoever* 

As American citizens, however, X feel we each owe a strong 
responsibility to stamp out irresponsible and false accusations 
of this kind which serve only to destroy our democratic institutions 

It is my belief that the one agency capable of handling 
such matters, which serve only to undermine our peoples, is the 
Federal Bureau cf Investigation* Accordingly, X am today 
advising the FBI of this matter. Please find enclosed a copy 
of such letter in order that you may be fully informed thereof. 

I hope you may join with me and with all the other interested 
citizens in our continued efforts to protect our community and 
our public school affairs from the vicious stigma which the 
Birch organization now poses. 

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When individuals or organizations embark \ipOTt pr"6§i?ams" y~ 
designed to destroy the fundamental principles of free electiont 
particularly in public school matters, I believe the matter 
should be placed in the hands of your agency for such considerate 
as you deem best* 



As a citizen and resident of [ 



| area, I am 

deeply concerned of the dissension, distrust and discord which 
the John Birch Society matter has created among our peoples. 

1 

x am seriously concerned or cne irresponsive statements oexng 
attributed by or to the Birch organization, which involves 
innocent members of our PTA's, and of our community. 

The first matter to be b rought to my attention in volving the 
local election matter involves | | and the 

matter is set forth in the copy or my letter to ner, enclosed 
herewith. May I request that these matters be made a part of 



your files' on the Birch matter, 
to evaluate the problem. 



Your agency is best equipped 



Should your Office at any time dpwiTF* an -tmrn^i a-l-<a innnirpv 

into my background, may I refer you to] 



"I is personally acquainted 



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Thank you for your consideration. It is only by placing these 
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On March 30, 1961, at "3:20 p.mJ 
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Inspector WILLIAM C. SULLIVAN. 



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J said he 



that SULLIVAN was not in town, and 

tad been talking to his wife and that his 
wife seemed to feel that SULLIVAN in his speech at the 
Freedom Forum had "been lambasting the John Birch Society. 



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that nowhere in the speech was the John Birch Society men- 
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Society may not nave been mentioned by name, but he felt that 
possibly there was an inference on the part of SULLIVAN. 



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:a Los AngeJes speech Tues- den fofmer Presi 

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leisters do not bTc ^ e | S gMt ° ahe Commu «^ 

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"This is another nf ^'^^^ State- Dulles, 
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tn Sf;? ^n'spiraSs said a fuX 3 

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■ SANTA BARBARA, April 13— Robert Welch, founder and president of Jthe 
{John Birch Society, continued his anti-Communist campaign in the south vest 

today by pointing toward Phoenix where he will deliver a third major adijress 

tomorrow night. 

I His reception here last night 



**as marred slightly by boos 
'and hisses from some among 
200 students at the University 
of California at Santa Barbara 
who were among more than 
1000 persons present to hear a 
speech similar to the one given 
the night before in los 
Angeles. 

HOT EXCHANGE 
I During a question and an 
■ swer period following his talk 
In the San Marcos High School 
auditorium, Welch engaged in 
a heated exchange with a 21- 
, year-old student. \ 
lit began when Welch was 
h|nded a written question 
fr^am the audience: 

"Why do you use the tac- 
tics of the Communists in 
fighting Communism?" the 
question read. 



FAR AFlELD 

Welch reminded his ques- 
tioner that he was ranging 
far afield from the topic in 
question and Porter posed 
i another' question: 

"Well, what, about front 
groups?" 

"There is nothing immor- 
al about fronts," Welch de; 
y dared. "What may be im- 
■} moral is the purpose of the 
, fronts." 

' When Porter attempted to 
iargue the point. Welch said 
"he did want to turn the ques- 
tion and answer period into 
an open debate. 
|| "One of the biggest fronts 
tiie society has is the Com* 
-mittee Against Sunujiit 
Entanglements, which wks 
formed to prevent Khrush- 
chev from coming over hete 
and being honored/' Welch 
explained^ 

WORTHWHILE 



., v Attd that, he emphasized, 
Welch, 61-year-old retired ls a wt hwhile purpose, 



candy maker from Belmont, 
Mass.. asked the questioner 
to explain how the John 
Birch Society was supposed 
to be using Communist tac- 
tics. 

IDENTIFIES SELF 
Charles Porter, a political 
science major and senior 
here, stood up, identified him- 
self as the one who had 
written the question. 

"Do you use front or- 
ganizations?'* Porter asked. 
"Yes," answered Welch. 
"Do you advocate infil- 
trating the PTAs?" Porter 
continued. 

"Yes," replied Welch 
again. 

"Do you advocate distrib- 
uting an ti-Semitic litera- 
ture?'* Por^FfsTteil. 



"If it is an illegal or im- 
moral purpose, that is a dif- 
ferent story, but there is 
nothing we advocate that is 
I Immoral," he said. 
1 Another questioner asked 
his opinion of United States 
Chief Justice Earl Warren. 
"I dont like him," came 
Welch's frank reply. 
Some boos greeted his 
opinion, but applause over- 
rode them, ^ ^ 

"He (Warren) has taken 



the leabr in W long, con- 
tinued effort to convert 
this republic into a democ- 
racy," Welch added. 
DIFFERENCE 
He went on to explain that 
jthere is a vast difference be- 
tween a republic and a de- 
mocracy and that this na- 
tion's founding fathers 
formed a republic, set up 
under written laws with the 
people electing representa- 
tives who exercise their best 
judgment on behalf of' tfte 
Ipelple. I 
m contrast, he said, dlp- 
m^cracy is a rule of the ma- 
jority which deteriorates to 
mob rule. 

GROUP SPLIT 
Not all members of the John 
Birch Society share his views 
on Warren, Welch conceded, 
but added: 

"I feel a good many of the 
members, in fact a majority, 
think it would be for the 
good of the country to have 
Mr. Warren removed from 
his present position." 
He was asked why the Cath- 
olic newspaper, the Pilot, in 
the Boston archdiocese criti- 
cized the J ohn Bir ch Society 
i "Because ^VSS "inonsignor 
' who runs the newspaper 



doesn't l ike me.'V Welr.ft an- 
swered. 

He went on to remind his 
audience that Richard J, Car- j 
dinal Cushlng of Boston hast 
officially and publicly en-j 
idorsed the society in writing 
;and later reaffjyyȣd the en 
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"Yes," replied Welch. . ; 
' «' c Do you advocate infilt^t-! 
ing the PTAsT inquired -FjOr-j 

^'Yes," Welch answered^ 
""Do" you advocate distrib^ 
'uting anti-Semitic litei£- 
e?" asked Porter, a 



th that Welch stopped HI 
a^d said he was ranging too 
far afield. 

The speaker went back to, 
the question about fronts. !j 
' There V nothing immoral] 
about fronts/' said Welch/ 
"What may be immoral is 
the purpose ■ of the fronts." 



BY GENE BLAKE . 
Times Staff Representative 

SANTA BARBARA— Rob-; 
ert Welch, founder and pres- 
ident of the John Birch So-! 
[ciety, encountered frequent; 

boos and hisses as he deliv-j Opposed to Summit 

;ered the same. anti-Commu-| W hen Porter started a re- 
sist speech here Wednesday) JoInd ^ We]ch said he did ^ t 
night as he had the night be- ^ ant t0 ftt into de;bate 

fore m Los Angeles. . ° , J( _ , i1 

. • 1 1- : He went on; 'One of the 

With a heavy spnnkhng, , ti st fr ^ , SQci 

ot students from the Umver- t £ as %. the Committee Against 



jsity of California . at . San ta[ 
Barbara in the audience atj 
San Marcos High School au- 
ditorium, Welch received a 
much less friendly reception 
jthan in Los Angeles. 

At one point, he engaged 
i in a rapid-fire question and| 
answer exchange with a 21- ! 
year-old student among the;' 
spectators. Welch cut it off! 
[with the comment that he; 
didn't want to turn the ques-^ 
tion and answer session into : 
[a debate. 

Written Question 

The exchange arose when 
[the chairman handed Welch 
a written question: "Why do 
you use tactics of the Com- 
munists in fighting Cotnmu-, 
Imsts?" " ■ 

Welch said he'd like to 
ihave the questioner tell how j 
!he used such tactics. j- 
"We cannot accept the'; 
(principle that the end justi-i 
ties the means," declared 
(Welch. 

With that, Charles Porter, , 
la political science major' 
janq\ .'senior here at the upi-l 
j verity, stood up and ider>ti- 
[fiedj himself as the author of 
jUiej question. A i 

't3o you use front organi- 
sations?" Porter asked. 



.Summit Entanglements, 
which was : formed to prevent 
Khrushchev from coming 
over here and - being hon- 
ored." ... .... 

He emphasized that this is 
a. worthwhile purpose'. j 
''"If it "has an illegal or im- ; 
moral purpose, tha.t is a dif- 
ferent story but there is 
nothing "we advocate that is: 
immoral," he explained. 

He was asked his opinion, 
of Chief Justice Earl War- 
ren. 

. "I don't like him," Welch 
said. The reply was greeted 
by mixed applause and-boos.' 

Opposes Democracy j 

"He (Warren) has taken, 
the lead in a long, continued! 
effort to convert this repub-j 
lie into a democracy/' hes 
added. : ■ ■ - ■ " j 

Then, he- repeated his; 
thesis that there, is a great 
difference between a repub- 
lic and a democracy and that 
the founding fathers formed 
a republic, set up under writ- 
ten jaws with the people 
electing representatives wjho 
exercise their best judgment! 
on behalf of the people. I '. 

In contrast, he said, tie-! 
mocracy is a_rule of jthe ma-. 



j or ity -which' deteriorates to 
mojb rule. e 

■ Hot all members of tike so- 
ciety share his views aibout 
Warren, Welch concede^. 

Me added, however, that 
*'I feel a good many of the 
members, in fact a majority, 
think it would be for the 
good of the country to have 
Mr. Warden removed from 
his present position." 

Asked whether he thinks 
the Social Security program 
is communistic, Welch re- 
plied: 

"The Social Security pro- 
gram is sopialistic in my 
opinion and one aspect of a 
police state communism." 

Opposed by Paper 

He was asked why the 
Catholic newspaper the 
Pilot, in the Boston archdio- 
cese, criticized the John 
Birch Society. 

\ ^'Because the monsignor 
Who runs the newspaper 
doesn't like me/' Welch said, 
" He added: "We have been 
officially and publicly en- 
dorsed by Cardinal Cushing 
in writing and. recently re- 
affirmed." 

■ This was greeted with a 
chorus of hisses . and boos. 
.''Welch went on to explain 
that- about half of all the 
Jjirch Society members, half 
of- its' field staff and two- 
thirds of its office staff, are 
.(Catholics. 

V The speaker refused to al- 
low his picture to be taken 
during the talk and twice in- 
terrupted his remarks to ad- 
monish photographers about 
io ignore his warnings. They 
desisted. 

As. he had promised at the 
start of the talk, he allowed 
the photographers to come 
' on stage after the speech. 

Spurns Questions 

The picture-taking session 
was cut short, however, 
when Grant Holcomb, CBS 
^commentator, began to 1: 
baiM Welch with questic 
'Why had Welch avo 
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I ed toTuibw. And why had he 
! written about President Ei- 
senhower being a "dedicated 
conscious agent of the Cofia- 
i raunist conspiracy?" j 
! i 1 Welch curtly replied: "I'm 
. not going to talk to you." 
| Then he brushed past 
) Holcbmb and with several 
i aides abruptly departed out 
! the back of the stage. 
I A torrent of laughter 
erupted, apparently from 
many of the students, when 
j Welch referred in his pre- 
pared address to how bright 
young men who, he said, be- 
come beguiled by their pro- 
fessors, swallow the Com- 
munist line and get into the 
ministry. 

Hisses Heard 

There were hisses when 
Welch said that ever since 
1945 or perhaps earlier, ''our 
government has been : the j 
most powerful single force 
supporting the Communist 
advance while always pre- 
tending to oppose that ad- 
vance, 

Among the young persons 
outside the auditorium were 
two boys in ROTC uniforms ' 
carrying banners that read: 1 
"Our loyalty oath — fight; 
fascism,"' and "Hitler— Mus- 
Hnl — .Birch Society."! i 
Welch'a appearance pas 
onsored by society m|m- 
bdrs from Ventura, Santa 
Barbara and San Luis Obis-! 
po Counties. 

Santa Barbara County Fire 
Chief Victor Mohr, who led 
nine firemen enforcing fire 
laws in the high school audi- : 
torium, said the room's ca-f 
pacity was 1,088. Thlrty-one\ 
empty seats remained when) 
Welch mounted the rostrum, i 



Barbarans said had been pre 
pared for the meeting. | 

■They did not report how 
m)finy— if any— they founjj. 

jpne young picket stobd 
outside the auditorium be- 
fore Welch's appearance. An- 
other 30 to 35 young men 
and women with signs as- 
sembled about half a mile 
away on the . street leading 
to the auditorium. . 

But as of 'the - time Welch 
began to speak they had not 
marched on the auditorium 
as had been indicated. 

Ten sheriff's deputies 
on Aantf at the school t 
forcb ordervQriginally s< 



[night .in Los Angeles. « ; 
: ft No pictures during :thej 
! spleen," he said. "We had 1 
agreed to that, I thought.; 
KVyll yoti please go away wHh 
that?" , 

\ Short applause greeted his 
remarks. T 
i , Ir e t u r n i n g to his tyxt, 



W|lch said America faC 
iabolical future." 
He said that "we, the heirs 
of all the ages, are simply 
abandoning, instead- of im- 
oving, our inheritance, "f 
Welch referred to his ka.- 



■had| been • detailed forphe 1 
duty by Sheriff John D. Koss 
but John Birch Society mem- 
bers asked for more officers 
when ' they ' said they had 
heard rumors of disorders. 

'Reds Taking Over' 

_ In his speech — the second 
in two nights in Southern 
California — the Massachu- 
setts candy maker declared 
that Communists are taking 
over the U.S. government 
with "ever-increasing 
speed." 

Some of our state govern- 
ments are to a .disturbing 
extent-influenced by Commu- 
nistic sympathizers," he saidJ 

"What on earth does itij 
take for the American people 
to recognize .Communist 
forces at work?" he asked his 
audience. 

He acknowledged that 
Santa Barbara has been a pro 
ancj^ anti-John Birch Society 
m center and thanked 
audience for the toler- 
fe^which permitted "such 
Controversial character 



stof 
ihis 
lane 
ia 



mfius "letter" 'in which [he 
wlote that former President 
Eisenhower was ^'"dedicat- 
ed, conscious agent of the 
Communist c o n s p i r a c y ." 
Welch did not deny writing 
the words, but said he had 
used harsh words because it 
was a confidential letter not 
for public circulation. 

The letter was disavowed 
by the society itself, he point- 
ed out. 

Bight to Speak 

Community courtesy was 
requested in an editorial in 
the Santa Barbara News- 
Press, which has been criti- 
cal of the society. 

"He has ■ every, right to 
speak here," the newspaper 
said regarding the sched- 
uled address by Welch. The 
newspaper added that it re- 
spects the objectives of she [ 
society to combat com^nu- 
I nism even though the patter | 
disagrees with some of |he: 
statements of Welch. j 



Students Hear Speech 

| . An additional 200 to 300 
I persons, mostly students! 
ifrom the University of Cali- 
I forma, Santa Barbara cam- 
Ipus, heard his speech in an 
adjoining amphitheater. 

ilThree men at the audif.o- 
riilm scrutinized admission 
tkftets in an attempt to de- 
tect 500 slightly off-co|pr 
Counterfeits which San ta 



an£ so much disliked hV so 
malhy people in your town" 
to appear. 

He interrupted his speech 
foe, a moment when a photog- 
rapher snapped his picture. 
Wiilch himself had shown;re- 
lucitance. to permit pictures 
wflile "speaking Tuesday 




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'IjWAS A LEADER IN THE BIRCH SollETF 



■his is the fifth in a sen 
ties of exclusive Examine]: 
articles on the John Birch J: 
j controversy at the Univejj- I 
sity of California at Sanza 
i Barbara. David Arnold, 18, 
I a political science fresh- 
man, last week charged the . 

■ Birch Society's campus ! 
J chapter was running the 

j Santa Barbara Freedom 
\ Club as a front 

j By DAVID ARNOLD 
; as told to James Peck 

SANTA BARBARA— Dur- 

!lng Easter Week I decided 
\ to stay here and devote full 
,tlme to the Birch-Freedom 
Club investigation. It had 
dragged on for a couple of 
months now, and we were 
i anxious to get it over with 
and get back to our studies. 

We decided to stir up the 
pot a bit. 

I borrowed a car from a 
friend— none of the Free- 
dom-Birch people knew. I 
I told them I had borrowed 

■ it from Line Kilian, a Pub- 
'Hus member on whom I 
had earlier cast suspicion 
as a dangerous left-winger 
i and probable spy. 

| Then I "discovered" a 
Publius paper which had 

; miraculously become en- 
tangled under "Line's" car 

This, I told the Birchers, 
iwas absolute proof Line 
was connected with Pub- 
this., and we were under 
! direct surveillance by the 




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paper itself was jfex- 
tretoely disturbing to the 
Birihers, too. It was jpn 
1 open letter to the parents 
of the high school students 



we had circularizetTto Join 
the Freedom Clu'b, and it 
changed the cluti was a 
from movement) for the 
Birclfi Society. 

The letter liientioned 
Birch Coordinator Chet 
Merriam by name (as an or- 
ganizer of the ; Freedom 
Club and .warnejl it was 
"the first stepping} stone to 
'junior membership* in the 
society itself." 

'"Whether or not you sup- 
port the John Birch Soc- 
iety," Publius urged, "you 
should realize nof it plans 
to spread its ideas among 
local high school students." 

I phoned the news of my 
"discovery" to a leading 
adult Bircher inf;3wn. I 
told him an emerge ucy had 
risen and I must 'contact 
the coordinator. He re- 
ferred me to another man 
I'd never heard of before 
(although I later realized I 
had met him earlier but 
had not been told his 
n^me). 

After a long series of 
phone calls (during which, 
incidentally, I learned for 
the first time where Chet 
Merriam lived, a thing he'd 
been very close about) I 
finally was put in touch 
with the town's leading 
Bircher, a member of the 
National Council of the 
Birch Society. 

When I explained the 
Pijblius letter and its im- 
plications he showed great 
coscern. He agreed ex- 
posure of the Birch-Free- 
d om C lub link would pre- 



sent a "nasty proble: 
Chet Merriam, it seerrjed, 
was out of" town. The ^of 
ficial told me he would 
look into the matter and 
I would be contacted. 

The contact came a few f 
hours later. I was in- 
structed by phone to meet 
a certain man, dressed in 
a certain way, at a certain 
place. 

We talked for several 
hours. He grilled me on' 
possible suspects who; 
might be disclosing infor-l 
mation to Publius and took 
their names down. He took 
the Publius letter and said 
he would send copies of it 
to both Robert Welch and! 
the .national headquarters! 
of Young Americans forj 
Freedom (supposed parent! 
organization of the Free*; 
dom Club). 

He instructed me to play; 
Kilian along (no problem! 
since Line is one of my; 
best friends) and "let him 
hang himself." 

J also remember he spent! 
some time explaining to! 
me the seizure of the 
Portugese ship Santa Mariaj 
was a Communist plot toi 
discredit the government* 
of Portugal for which he| 
implied some admiration, j 



ONE NIGHT I got a phonej 
call at the dorm. Chet Mer-j 
riam would meet rne in 1 
front of the building in' half, 
an hour. There was tqj be a; 
meeting. I was told where.; 

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six or seven miles into the 
lountains behind Santa 
Jarbara. At the end of a cij - 
buitous private road, prcjV 
*cted by several gates?, 
r was the house where the 
meeting was to be held, 
■ K was the home of a 
prominent member of the 
.ga hta Barbara Birch Sp| ie- 

i tyjand the 80 or so m^rn- 
! bers who attended fitted Bn- 
I to the drawing room wrth 
j ease. 

! The reason for the meet-* 
I ing was the "smear" 
■ against the John Birch So- 
ciety which was then just 
gating, under way. Tpe 



senior coordinator had 
tiled us together to praise '. 
our courage in standing up 
to it. 

The "smear" was Com- 
munist-oriented he told us f ! 
and It would get worse. 
Later on, he assured, we 
would be proven right and, 
oust ideas accepted. 

Aster the meeting, otferj 
refreshments, I was disctis- 



_ the Freedom Club wjtri 
an officer of the Santa Bar- 
bara Birch Society. 

He seemed very pleased 
at the progress of what f e 
jailed "Chefs baby". 
TOMORROW: Arno_ 

summarizes his reasons pr 
loosing the connection tje- 
tiken the Birch Soci&y 
And the Freedom Club i$n 
me VCSB Campus^ 



The John Birch Society 



j The considerable attention given to the 
■ John Birch Society recently is blamed by 
its founder, Robert Welch, on Commu- 
nists who "pushed a button" and started 
an outcry in the press. 

It actually developed because of a let- 
ter-writing campaign the society started, 
seeking impeachment of Chief Justice 
Earl Warren. 

The uproar is a direct result of that 
and Welch's scurrilous charge against 
Dwight Eisenhower — that he was a con- 
scious agent of Communism — a charge 
Welch denounces the press for repeating 
but which he does not deny making. 

Without these things, the Birch So- 
ciety probably would have existed here 
side by side with similar organizations 
which have been around for years, un- 
noticed by responsible citizens. 

Welch came here to state his case. His 
long speech Tuesday night contained just 
enough truth to confuse and entice the 
unknowing. 

The first part was smothered in copy- 
righted platitudes. He was against Com- 
munism and sin. . 

Then like a chill 'wind, his carefully- 
worded phrases lifted the corner of the 
rug and showed the dull, gray oppres- 
siveness of his philosophy. 

His innuendoes became a hateful gale 
injhis vicious assault on the 3% he 
claimed were Communists in the Prot- 
espnt clergy. It was a smear which hit 
them all. 

^ IliroughoutJu^JtalkjJWelch gave ex- 



amples of how he believes Communists 
or sympathizers use the "principle of re- 
versal*' to discredit anti-Communists. 

Persons who said they approved of the 
aims of Sen, Joseph R. McCarthy, but 
not his methods, were using the princi- 
ple of reversal to stop McCarthy from 
exposing Communists, Welch said. 

By the same doublethink, it is only 
Communists or dupes who say they agree 
with Birch Society aims, though not its 
methods. 

Welch's spurious reasoning went the 
full circle and came back to the familiar 
cry — if you are not for me you are 
against me. 

It was reminiscent of the old Abbott 
and Costello routine, 'Who's on first?" | 

The John Birch Society has lured 1 
many prominent citizens to membership.! 
These are largely well-intentioned per- 
sons who fear Communism, with its slav- 
ery, murders and thought control. 1 

Communism is a threat to everything 
this nation stands for, but the way to 
fight it is by constitutional means, with 
education and proper investigation — not 
by assigning Communist motives indis 
criminately to all who are liberal- , 

Welch recalled the old saying that the j 
government which is best is that which \ 
governs least. That is American to the 
core. 

But the Birch Society system of Sght- 
ing^ to preserve our freedoms serves 
mainly to undermine the strength oiithej 
thoughtful element which agrees witrJ 
him. ' I 



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a series or tnree letter writing work shops during the 
month of April 196l. The first is to be held at her own home b7 
I T she feels this Is a very . 

- important activity of the organization and that all of the board 
members should make a very determined effort to attend at least 
bine of if not all three. 

; "rm-rM ner the* Histrmgflinn the John Birch Society was 
brought up. J b ald she thought AL WIRIN had dqae 

a very poor .lo b when he spo ke against that o rganization on a b6 
recent TV show J | did not agree witl j | An 

announcement w flg ma/!i * aJBout the peace walk to \De neia on Sat. b 
AprilYl, 1961 J J didn't have full details regarding trans- ^ 

portation tq this affair but she would have it in a day or so and 
the girls s hould Ma.ll her. We now have I ~| 
I I There was' some discussion a s to whether we should continue 

holding our Regular monthly meetings ad I 
because they l 

I | fts there are only two more meetings before the new officers 

CaKe" over it was decided to continue there for the nex£ two meetings. 

"They feel that passage of the housing bill 45801 in 
Sacraaento is so vital that they are going to send a delegation 
to Sacramento about the middle of April when this bill will come 
up for consideration. The other chap ters will have delegates going 
to Sacramento. Sinc e]" - | has been so interested in the 

housing problem and has attended rne housing conferences in the ^7 
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t^^i^^^aatioa. One of the girls had s©ae clippings from the 
Santa Barba'ra News Press about - the Johir Birch Society: which she 
passed around* "Aid. . 

"They again stressed that we are not to /buy _ any Welches 

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board meetings. 



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"1: One page folded announcement captioned "Come Walk 
With Us for Peace, 1 P.M. Saturday, April 1, 1961." This leaflet 
indicates that additional information regarding this activity which 
is sponsored by the "Los Angeles Committee for A Sane Nuclear Policy", 
can be obtained by writing or phoning the "Walk for Peace: Committee", 
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offices: San Francisco (because of information contained concerning 
delegates scheduled to go to Sacramento tfed appear before the 
legislature); Memphis and New York (because of information contained 
concerning activities in Tenn. by CORE, it being nated , .that 
New York is office of origin regarding CORE). 

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these three offices as they previously received same. It is 

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Birch Leader 
Assails U.S. As 
Reds' Helper 

By JACK LANGGUTH 

Valley crimes TODAY Staff Writer 

- The United States gov- 
ernment is "the most 
powerful single force sup- 
porting ' the - Communist 
advance, while always pre- ( 
tending to oppose that 
advance," Robert Welch 
• told a Los Angeles audi- 
ence Tuesday night. 

Welch, founder of. the John 
Birch Society, said this 
country's foreign aid pro-, 
gram is an "excellent exam- 
ple" and that the program 
had been "planned by the 
Communists." 

A jampacked Shrine Audi- 
, toriunr audience of' nearly 
7,000 cheered Welch loudly 
and often during his 90-min- 
ute speech. There were no 
anti-Birch demonstrations in- 
[ side the Shrine and only a 
handful of peaceful Socialist 
pickets outside. 

The white-haired candy 
1 king from Belmont, Mass., 
who has become in two 
months one of the most de- 
nounced men in the nation, 
chose Los Angeles for his 
first major address since 
hjji semjjsecret society he- 
came front-page news^ '_ 



J.nnVinrr, ' diffident and 
somewhat shy, but speaking 
with, quiet 1 fervor, Welch, 
warned his listeners that the 
chief strength, of the Com-' 
niunists in America is in the 
"very top social, education- 
al, financial and political cir- 
cles." . ; ' 

He added; to a thunderous 
burst 'of applause: "1 can 
iind you a lot more Harvard 
accents in Communist circles 
in America, today than you 
» can find me overalls." 

Welch also said there 
I are an estimated 7,000 
1 Communists in the Protes- 
i tant clergy, most of them > 

in policy-making circles. 
, "That represents only 3< 
per cent who could fairly be 
called * Comsymps — either 1 
Communists or a sympathiz-! 
er with Communist purposes. 
I ''Nobody's accusing the 1 
' other 97 per cent of anything 
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except gullibility and apa- 
thy." 

Federal employes did a 
little better than the clergy 
in Welch's analysis. 

"I think at least 98^ per 
cent of federal government 
employes are patriotic," he 
said. "Even today, when 
Communist infiltration has 
reached its highest' point." 

Charging that the Com- 
munists conquer through 
catchwords, Welch de- 
scribed three political 
cliches which he said were 
coined by subversives and 
then "parroted by millions 
of Americans." 
1940 — "I can't stand 
(Franklin D.) Roosevelt, but 



we must support him be- 
cause of his foreign policy." 

1952 — "I like (Robert A.) 
Taft, but he can't win." 

1954— "I like what (Joseph) 
McCarthy is trying to do, 
but I can't stand his meth- 
ods." 

Welch said these three slo- 
gans accomplished Commu- 
nist goals— got the United 
States into the Second World 
War, eliminated Taft "who if 
nominated would have won 
by the greatest landslide" 
and who would have weeded 
out Communists from gov- 
ernment and "destroyed Mc- 
Carthy." 

One main theme of 
Welch's talk, sponsored by 
the Freedom Club of the 
First Congregational 
Church of Los Angeles, is 
that the Communists plan 
to conquer solely through 
subversion. 

In answering questions 
after his prepared remarks, 
Welch disclaimed any polit- 
ical ambitions. 

"I'm staking everything on 
the John Birch Society and 
on my role as founder," hei 
said. 



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SANTA BARBARA (UP1) 
Robert Welch, founder of the 
John Birch Society, ran. into 
heckling from university 
students Wednesday night 
when he' said .-Chief Justice 
Earl Warren should be 
ousted. . .'...' 

Welch spoke before a ca- 
pacity crowd of 1,000 at San 
Marcos -High School Audi- 
torium., About 200 of the 
listeners. were students from 
the University of California 
at Santa Barbara. 

THE STUDENTS, ex- 
pressed their displeasure 
with boos, hisses, and snick- 
ers when Welch praised such 
] figures as the late Sens. Jo- 
seph R, McCarthy and Rob- 
ert A. Taft. 

j While students booed,' an- 
other and larger segment 
jmadeof older people ap- 
plauded vigorously each time 
i Welch mentioned these 
names. . 1 

Welch engaged m a heated 
exchange with Charles Port- 
er, 21'-y ear-old : political 'sci- 
ence major, on the -question 
'Of* "front .organizations." 

PORTER ASKED Welch 
whether • the Birch Society 
usld fronts to achieve its 
en&s. 

[. Welch said, "Of co urse we 



advocate front organizations. 
There is nothing immoral 
about fronts. What may be 
immoral is the purpose of the 
fronts." 

In answering a question 
about Chief Justice Warren s: 
Welch, ran into a chorus of 
cat calls' and yen's by the 
students when he said, "I< 
believe it would-be for the : 
good of the country to have; 
Mr. Warren removed from: 
his present position." ' 

IN HIS first reaction to 
the question about WaYren, 1 
•Welch- said:' ■ ' j 

"I don't like him. He has' 
taken the lead in a long con-! 
tinued conversion of t h i sj 
republic into a democracy .! 
The difference is vital. There 1 
is nothing our founding fa- 
thers hated worse than a 
democracy.' The -word de- 
mocracy is not even men- 
tioned in- the constitution." ■ 

Welch said the founding 
fathers formed a . republic 
under written laws, with the 
people electing represents^ 
tives who exercise their best 
judgment on -behalf of tfte 
people. • . ■ - . j 

In contrast, he said, de- 
mocracy is- a rule of t^e 
majority ^ which deteriorates 
to mob rule, . . 



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Hear Welch on^ 
Red Menace , 

ATLANTA, April 22 fwL 
Relatives of John Birch 
heard the founder of the con- 
servative society which hears 
his name charge that Com- 
munists have infiltrated the 
clergy and national govern- 
ment. 

Robert Welch, of Belmont, 
Mass., told 9G0 persons who 
nearly filled the North At- 
lanta Baptist Church last 
night that "lie strength of 
the Communist conspiracy! 
lies in the toplsocial, political' 
and economic? circles of our 
country. 

Sitting In front-row pews 
were Mr. and Mrs. George 
Birch, of Macon, Ga, It was 
their first appearance at a ; 
public function of the group 
named for their son, a ■ 
Baptist missionary who was , 
killed by the Communists 
in China shortly after 1 
World War M ended. Also 
present were two brothers 
of John Birch— Walter . E, 
Bircb of Macon and Dr. 
Herbert W. Birch of De- 
catur, Ga. 



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Kennedy Says Birchers 
Don't Understand Peril 

Danger Lies in Red Advances and Not 
.-: Eisenhower's Loyalty, President States 



Times Washington Bureau 

WASHINGTON — Presi- 
dent Kennedy Friday sug- 
igested that members of the 
j'Jcihn Birch Society concern 
. themselves with the "real 
p r o b 1 e ni s" of communism 
Irather than the loyalty of 
\ former Presidents Eisenhow' 
: er and Truman, Mrs. Roose' 
i velt or himself, 
i The President confirmed 
j at his news conference that 
he: personally" asked ' Secre- 
tary of Defense .IMcNamara 
J to investigate Maj. Gen. Ed- 
] win A. Walker, who was re- 
1 lieved as commander of the 
24th Infantry Division fol- 
lowing charges that he dis- 
tributed John, Birch litera- 
ture to soldiers. 

But "Mr. Kennedy 'empha- 
sized that no "final decision" 
will be made until an inves- 
tigation is completed and 
. McNamara reports to the 

■ White House. 

Gives View 

' Asked his view of the John 

■ Birch Society, Mr/ Kennedy 

■ said: 

don't feel that their 
j judgments are based on ac- 
, curate information on the 
} kinds of challenge that we 
, face, I think we face an ex- 
; tremely serious and intensi- 
fied struggle with the Com- 
munists. But I am not sure 
that the John Birch Society 
is wrestling with the real 
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guerrillas," he said. ^ ^oad- 

am hopeful that 
iove ahead on the v; 
other parts" ot trie 
including e d u c a t i 



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The President was more 
optimistic in discussing his 
domestic legislative pro- 
pram, which has prospered 
late while U.S. fortunes 
n foreign policy have de- 
nned 

"I think we have done bet- 
er recently," hesaid, point- 
pg to Senate passage of the 
mmimum wage ar> 
roval of aid to children of 



across the border- 

of a problem, which is going 1 * ni homhlt fhaf *" 
to be with us all through this 
decade, seems to me to be . ,- . . w 
one of the great problems including e d u ca t itfta and 
now before the United fusing, he said. We are 
States. making progress on Social 

Security, distressed areas 




"I would hope all those 
who are concerned about the 
advance of communism 
would face that problem and 
not concern themselves with 
the loyalty of President Ei- 
senhower or President' Tru- 
man or Mrs. Roosevelt or 
myself or someone else," 

Space Development 

' Turning to another . sub- 
ject, the President warned 
that despite a $2 billion pro- 
gram next year for space de- 
velopment, the United States 
may remain several years be- 
hind the Soviet Union in 
space developments. 

If we can get to the moon 
before the Russians, we 
shquld," he said, although 



re added, that this may b 
eel de away. 

He said that even th 
Saturn booster now 



and minmum wage." 
Other Subjects 

Other subjects of the news 
conference included: 

Loas — The President said 
he still is hopeful that the 
Russians will agree to a 
cease-fire in that strategic 
Southeast Asian kingdom. 
'„ JOHNSON — The adminis- 
tration is considering send 
ing Vice President Johnson 
on a trip to Southeast Asia, 
Mr. Kennedy said, adding 
that a decision on this should 
be reached "over the week 
end or the next few days." 
TEST BAN — The Presi- 
ent said he continues to be 
opeful for some agreement 
at the Geneva talks on ban- 
king nuclear testing. But he[) i 
said the administration is 



--rvery discouraged" by So 
, . , , UI 1viet demands for a veto in! 

der accelerated development proposed inspection sy Sl 
"does not offer any hope d ^jf^ is £ t a change 11 
being first to the moon." J in it is goi | g 

Saturn is several yeari to ^ very hard to get an 



behind the Soviet Union, an< agreementf » the Presidentas- 
I can .just say to you thawed 
of 



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regardless of how mud; TA xES~Mr. Kennedy 
money we spend on Saturn acknowled d that his ^ 

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ond, he said. ."The question^ ° 

is whether the nuclear rock- 
et or other kinds of chemi- 
ical rockets offer us a better 
'hope of making a jump for- 
ward. But we are second, 
'and Saturn will not put us 
ifirst. I : want f however, to 
^speed up if we can on Sat- 
urn, and the Vice President 
is now lea ding a study to see 
what we otrgnt' to~do in this 
area." 



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One hundred and forty Protestant ministers, say- 
ing they are unwilling to sit back and allow them- 
selves to be "attacked by pressure groups," today 
made public a resolution answering "unsubstantiated 
charges" that many ministers are Communists or 
Communist sympathizers. 

in^TS- tSnSTS ! •J&SS32 St «5 



\ that everything that ■ hap- 
1 pens"4a~-peu<>n* anywhere 
or at any time Is of con* 
eern to God and His Church." 

"That any group or IndJ. 
vldual, however wen-fnten- 
tloned, that promotes a pro- 
■ gram of hatred; aosplclon 
end distrust of our free 
American Institutions, and 
that Indulges In the Irre- 
sponsible labeling of people 
and institutions, Is unwit- 
tingly serving the caues of 
those who would destroy 
those Institutions. 1 ' 
That eternal vigilance, 

I not eternal vengeance or 
vituperation Is the price of 
liberty." 

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geles committee declared. 



■ant ministers here who felt S¥CCC ' Jr ' 1 "Szr ^i™^'srerationai Church of Pacific 

a orowhiB; concern over re- necuttve . director Of Chrls-PalfcadCJi; E. Dean Canada 

ILSt^t+^w^IS^SiJ*? «« »Sn EdacAtian for the EpiSKVOhrljitUui Churchw Am Office; 

cent attad^not only on the JV. Dtoc = H r f Anraies*"*"* 1 =• M"**"*'* 

clergy, Jsjgslso on the na- JS.;i£^-2L "JL^S ^ns*i« m-wct Superintendent; 

Han's leading statesmen and £™f n: « u ^¥ T, .- c ?S rle S. ^™ c - c°nto*. St. Sophia 

educators. It .Was then sent ^ enflaJ, « MethodlstGreck Orthodox Church: Hurry 

™*to rmnujen, **JS£ «»«*- -SB .gSgT 

motions tor endorsement u , £l We ?taohn'» Epiuond Church; Lloyd 

Rev. Krlng Allen, of Mc- RnoU Congregational Church: r. GUimettTerPaui'B cathedral 
Csrty Memorial Christian CUTE FEARS HWaHf LSEAJ.- 3E2t 

Church, one of these on the The resolution begins bj™jy^* Mlvte,tal a " m * 

committee to draft the reso- citing the tensions, frustra| j. Bayinnid Hoideisoa. sec- 

lutlon. said that while the Mens and fears that Jeopardfnd Bant; Cfcnroh of ju» An- 

clergymen were speaking as Ue the security of mankind 5^ouS" Ers^ern 

Individuals when they en- and the increased number ^Utanifr-Ajteain Conference 

Horsed the resolution, It was groups which capitalise on tietfaodiitc; Charles h. Jetter *■„ 

boned that church bodies lears, hatreds and prejudices tH 1lOT *S a \F H i^^ < fiE™: 

would take similar action to to gain power. ^taS^M w! 

taut the stand of the clergy it points to the fact that un- pointer. Writwood cwnmunttV 

before the public. \ her the "present tt is all too oethodhrt- church: Randall c. 

. UW-ASfERlCAN' easy for persons of good will ""fc g l i$J&%f91S£t 

I -You couldn't create ab*. to be 'conned' into taking no- 3T&£ ^^£1 

ter atmoBphere for Cqn- sitions and supp orbing meth- studio City; 

muniam than by turning nds which are -actually de- Bay W. Wallace, Tint Chrhv- 

'2SLhJ , ?i a ™ ftnicHve o f the valid ^^fi^"r.w3L£S£ 

cAurcfies, clergy, educators Uiey seek." * Ionn | Lnthcnn Council: Oeuge 

and leading statesmen,** he 
said. 

To .'abel someone a Com- 
munlat because of his so- 
cial concerns is as un- 
American as It is un-Chris* 
Han." 



I ward 1L llathewu, Liberal 
thotlo Church; Alfred W. 
inter. Writwood Conuntinlfa- 
tfhodhrt Church: Randall C 



active of the valid ^^fi^* r ^ih$L£S£ 
y seek:. ional Lnthcnn Council: George 

Thai we (the under- Van. Flint naptial Church of 
im< irnniabmti helluva forth Hollywood and John C 



signed ministers) believe *«>rth HoUywood >» 

Ihe mission of the Church K^T " 1 V. 

'to be for the redemption of '■ 

all mankind; ana therefore, ■ 



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One Against 
Birch Probe 



INCREASING a national chorus of demand that 
the John Birch Society be formally investigated,, 
United States Senator Keating of New York and! 
Rep. Shelley of California have called for a thorough! 
congressional probe of the controversial organization. 1 
In this demand they join Robert Welch, founder 
and leader of the, society, who previously had asked 
trnited States Senator Eastland of the Senate Inter-: 
nal Security subcommittee to conduct an official 
inquiry, and made the same request of Governor 
Brown and Attorney General Mosk. 

Congressmen Hiestand and Rousselot of Califor- 
nia, both avowed members of the society, have taken j 
the same stand. 

Against this unanimity from both pros and cons, 
on the society's activities, a dissenting voice has 
arisen: That of the American Civil Liberties Union. 

It takes the view that extreme political opinions, ; 
whether from the right or the left, should be pro-, 
tected from investigation unless it is known theyi 
clearly advocate criminal action. 

This dogmatic attitude now goes the length of, 
asserting that the American people are not entitled! 
to know exactly what the society stands for and what 
it proposes to do. 

The CLU, in short, wants to protect the people 
from information obtained by congressional inquiry 
on one of the most heated controversies of the hour. 

We do not believe Americans want or need this 
"protection." 

We believe on the contrary that Amerieiins 
have|, every wish and right to know what extreme 
conservatives or extreme radicals think or plan to'no, 
oft times secretl y. 



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e miat the country needs most ,in this Bifcft 1 
business is more fact-finding and less name-calling. \ 

As The Examiner said editorially on April 4 
last: ; 

"Americans have the right to know all the facts, I 
and exactly what is going on. 

- "Not .until the public is given that information 
by an inquiry conducted in full view and withfthe 
ulmost fairness, will they be able to form accurate | 
conclusions or reach solid decisions." J I 



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in that hla main topic is supposed to be "Sbe Communist Threat 
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Why Welch 1 



"Neither cast ye your peafls before swine . ,J — 3Vf ATTH |p W XIII: 6, 
Not long ago I had 





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iprivate interview 
stormy petrel Robert 
of the much- 
public ized 
John Birch 
Society and 
asked him 
what he was 

[up to in 

(these modern 

J times. 

i "Do you in- 
tend to form 
ia third 
[party?" I 
< asked him. 

"Not at all," he replied. 
"The real purpose of the 
John Birch Society is to 
act as a positive force for 
moral re-armament in our 
republic. We wish to re- 
j juvenate the nation with 
; the spirit of the founding 
j fathers and the American 
Revolution of 1776.. rt has 
been sadly lacking in re- 
cent years. What could be 
\ move important now?" 
j Welch appears to be any- 
thing except the fascist 
logre he has been repre- 
j sented to be in the so-called 
| liberal communications me- 
J dia from here to New York 
! City and points in between. 

j His Secret...? 

\ When one talks to this 
; sincere and dedicated per- 
: son at close range, it is 
hard to imagine valid rea- 
sons for the hysterical 
! hatchet-work from so many 
sides. 

Why does this mild- 
mannered little man panic 
the "liberals" more than all 
i of Nikita Khrushchev's . 
armored divisions, subma- i 
Tines and his Communist 
fifth column now operating 
with near-impunity and un- ; 
tdld impudence in our 
country today? i 

Iwhat is his secret, arfy- i 
j^y? Perhaps I have J a 
hunch that might explain 
it. It's only a guess— but ; 
1 herejjoes^ . .: 



Ij think Bob Welch mz 
ha$e pricked the mori 
conscience of all too many 
Americans who have had 
their head much too far 
down in the sand ere now. 
Many of us have been fid- 
dling carelessly while the 
republic is burning in more 
ways than one. our slogan 
hat been "business as usual." 
Frankly, we have beenjso 

" p^occupieoTwith our mpe 
rroiism that we have pre- 
tended the danger which 
now threatens us with po- 
t tential destruction unless 
| defeated just did not exist 
1 in the past. 

f Or if we did not go quite 
ii that far, we at least mini- 
mized the danger of the 
Communist conspiracy to 
our national welfare. It 
was something we kept 
: putting off for "manana" 
1 —the tomorrow which nev- 
er comes! . 

j Bid the Best 

So we really did not do 
i enough of what we ought 
to have done competently 
f in our own interests. We 
: ; spent a lot of money as tax- 
1 payers, to be sure. But 
what did it gain us? Where 
are our friends? Who can 
j we count upon now? 
■>' If any were to ask me ' 
whether I lacked confi-j 
} dence in the good intentions I 
of previous President's rev 
i garding our national se- 
; curity vis-a-vis the Com- 
! munist world government ■ 
■ conspiracy, my answer 
! would be an unequivocal! 
I "No." I think they did the ! 
; best they knew how. J 
' But if the question were ; 
, put to me in the vein of; 
whether I thought they 
might have done enough to ' 
stem the onrushing Red ; 
tide, sorrowfully I would j 
have to. say "No" to 'fyiat! 
ore, too. . Well-intentioned, 
though they might have 
been, the present dayjJre-[ 
suits attest to the fact jhatj 



notinearIy~erLdugh act 
hasjbeen done. Not ag 
the cunning and wily 
ist global strategists. 

Study Hoover 

The only exception among 
our presidents was wise oc-| 
togenarian Herbert Hoover; 
sr., a down-to-earth thinker \ 
who called the shots right] 
where world communism 
was concerned from the be- 
ginning. ■ ( 

The smartest thing we ■ 
could do, it seems to me, is j 
to study again the brilliant t 
counsel this tragically un- ; 
derrated President had to ; 
give a heedless people con- 
cerning the Red menace I 
from Eurasia. I 

we have been at fault as J 
a nitlon because we listened j 
to pie wrong advice abput } 

^Si|~ColnlnunIsF per0Tl?ow1 
1 we^ are sorry. \ \ 

■ we have traveled down a 
blind alley until we have 
reached a swamp of bitter 
disappointment — and now 
we must needs retrace our 
steps if we may hope to get 
out of the deadly morass \ 
alive. 

Fitting Goal 

We have only ourselves | 
to blame for our numerous' 
troubles today. 

And now comes forth Rob- 
ert Welch to- chide us and , 
even to shame us for our 
inept failures to meet prop- 
erly the Marxist menace in I 
the past— and many of those! 
with saddened consciences) 
as to their previous roles in \ 
the unhappy scheme of; 
things must presently in; 
self defense feel obliged to 
strike back at him. 

I erhaps Welch has fce- 
coiie something of a gjiad 
to :the national conscience j 
by this time. Is that ^hy 
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;7ho~tl3^r^eently eoLrectod a. letter to. her in which [ 



□tated he had received "a nice letter- from J. EB&AR HOOVER." 



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] letter, " he has Imoim the Director for 
and stated, "He is a very socn d. fair 
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had taken 'the rl^ht stand in regard 



to the John Birch Soci ety and furnished ttie following quotes, 
allegedly fro» a lotter T I received frosi-the Director: 

■ "There exists today in oi^'I&ncl a vital *rift ? - 
uhich the eoDDimigts- are- exploiting. Unfortunately, 
■ this.- involves certain people across the country "who . 
engage in reckless charges against one another. The " 
label a • 5 eoninunist 1 is too often indiscriminately 
attached to those i-jhose views differ froo the majority. 
Those whose lives are not led according to v;hat one 
segment of society. . . . 'The job of curtailing and . 
containing coofflunisn is one for legally constituted 
authorities uith the steadfast cooperation of every 
. loyal eitisen. Ms is neither- the tioe for' inaction 
or vigilante action.. m . n 



reason for bringing the above to the 

attention of the FBI v:as that it ;;us not her "^"^ -s-^ 
2?BI would make such disclosures to the public! 



stated that she is a member of ths John Birch Society and 



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opposed to the John Birch Society, is "trying to influence her 
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corrcaponaea^TEn^Dh^^ 
letters were -aclmowlcdged by the Bureau on k/5/m and 11/10/52 
respectively, copies of vftiic h were fu rnished the Angeles 
Office. The general theme oi l l lettors related to hio 

concern over subversive activities in fcha United States, 

Hhe Loo Angeles Office is 'not amre • of gmv add! 



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To Los A ngtUes Examiners 

1 am astounded at your 
aeries. "I was a Leader in 
the Bitch Society." I was 
unhappy after reading the 
first article but decided I 
would wait until the serien 
was finished to make a final 
judgment 

J am not a member of the 
Birch Society and do not 
have enough facta about it 
to have come to an opinion 
of It; however vfjien I do 
come to an opinion, good or 
bad. to win be through re- 
sponsible facts and educa- 
Lion nn the subject and not 
through sensational articles 
Mich as your "J Was a Lead- 
er in thp Birch Society,'* 
written by an 13-year-cTd 

bo,r who has said absolutely 
nothing. 

Obviously this boy wa* 
very naive and uninformed. 
bp tar as communism or ■ 
anti - communism Is con- 
cerned, because if he had- 
nay background or knowl-. 
edge he would have known.-, 
a tew facta before he est 
tered the society. As far as 
the article "Hysterical . 
propheny of Bed Rule Tolft 
js concerned, you will find . 
ihis outlined very clearly lis ; 
l.hp hook "Masters of De- ■ 
re-It,'" by J- Bdffsr Hooverjor ■ 
many other boobs written . 
^n- the spec'" 1 purpose or. 1 
jn forming Americans about ■ 
communism. 

This is a true threat and 
j suggest that instead of 
sensational articles which * 
say absolutely nothing. y° u , 
encourage your readers *> ;• 
educate themselves with - 
sound facts. Once a person ■ 
is educated properly abou'; 
communism and how My 
recognise H- at worK. he can 
then proceed intelligent!* - 
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" A-paner of your caliber, 
u'ifh your readeTslrtpr 
should not be publishing 
articles io discredit anij- 
communism at a time when' 
it is so vitally important to 
fight communism. 

A us step in learning, 
more about this vital strag*' 
gle to save our country can 
well begin by a careful 
study of such books as: 

J. Edgar Hoover's Mas- 
ters of Deceit 

W. CJeon Skousen's The. 
Naked Communist. 

Matt Cvetic'B The Big Dt> 
eision. 

Marlon Miller's / lVaxrO. 
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JBS is a subversive society and that he can prove it. He also states he 
will do everything he can to thrwart the aims of the JBS. If he is 
proved wrong he claims he will gladly withdraw his statement and bade 
the JBS if this in the best interests of the U.S. 



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subject: john bireh S0CIETr 
unsolicited 

Attach ed /typewritten! report was furnished me bv mail b- 2 9-61 by 
formerl T 
| p e later told me by telephone that actually the report 

was prepared, h e underatnds by | | 

I | although it carr^^^^l^^^^^B'OT^r GORDgN, 



Research Executive, California T achers Ass'n, a^^rS 



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I said copies of the report were distributed at the recent 
State Convention of the CTA about the middle of May whiehc was held 
Burlingame* Also a copy has been mailed to panh ^HTrHrhyfe T)i r-ar.-kn-r of 
each School district in California, according tc I 



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Founded 1 865 CALIFORNIA TEACHERS ASSOCIATION 

1705 Murchlson Orlve . Burltngame, California . Oxford 7-ll;00 



Aprii 2k, 1961 



To: Members of State CouncI I of Education 

and Presidents of CTA Chartered Chapters 



From: Garford G. Gordon, Research Executive 



Subject: Further Correction, to "Summary of Information About John 
Birch Society and Related Groups" 

In the publication "The Pattern of Attack on Public Education in 
California by The John Birch Society and Si mi lar Groups which was 
recently prepared by the CTA Research Department, reference was made on 
page three to "Support by Some Educational Institutions." If now appears 
that these educational Institutions have been exercising the rights of 
academic freedom rather than del Iberately joining in any activity detri- 
mental to public education or the educational profession. For this rea- 
son-, the Research Department Is removing this section from the report and 
requests that it be deleted from any copy you may have. 

tn particular, the administration of George Pepperdine College, Los 
Angeles, has stated that that institution has always followed & policy 
of broad academic freedom. Its name should not have been included in 
connection with any reference to activities inimical to education. The 
Research Department wishes to express regret that this was done. 



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THE PATTERN OF ATTACK 
ON PUBLIC EDUCATION IN CALIFORNIA 
BY THE JOHN BIRCH SOCIETY 
AND SIMILAR GROUPS 



Summary : This memorandum deals with the background of the John Birch 

Society, the pattern of Its operation its relationship to similar groups, the 
means utilized in dealing wi th .such -attacks, and sources of further information. 
It ts furnished so that those concerned may be able to recognize and deal with 
groups and individuals who have attacked, or may attack, public education in 
California. Acknowledgment is made to newspapers , par t icu I ar I y the Santa Barbara 
News -Press , The Pasadena Independe nt Star+News, and the -Los Angel es Times, to 
CTA members who have furnished materials,. and to friends 0! public education who 
have alerted the CTA as to current attacks. 

Background on the John Bl rch Society : Founded in 1958 by Robert Welch, 
a retired candy manufacturer, who operates from Belmont, Massachusetts. Honors 
the memory of a missionary and later naval officer who was kill ed by the Communists 
shortly after World War II. Dedicated to a rabid antl -communist program, sometimes 
accusing the schools of being "soft on Communists. 1 ' Espouses extremely conserva- 
tl ve position politically, attacking Elsenhower, Truman, and wanting to impeach 
Chief Just ice Warren, I t has been estimated that at least 95 per" cent of its members 
supported Senator McCarthy and his tactics. : Aims to discredi t "democracy", claiming 
ours is a "republican" form.of government. Organized along' dictatorial lines, and 
operates with great secrecy. 

Fur ther Information on the John Bl rch Soc j ety t Recently there has been such 
widespread attention given the John Birch Society in the public press, particularly 
quotations from a privately circulated book by Welch called "The. Pol i t ic tan," that 
one can gain further information from these published accounts. These Include: 

Santa Barbara News-Press : January 22, 2;5, and February 26* 

Los Angeles Times : March 5,6,7,8,12, and 18. 

Time Magazine : March 10, pages 21-2. 

Pasadena Independent Star-News : February 10,13,21, and March 12. 

Note: "The Blue Book" which. is the guide for the John Birch Society, can be pur- 
chased by anyonesendi ng $2.00 to the Society, Belmont 78, Mass. 

Pattern of Operation : It is known that the John Birch Society is engaged 
In sending out literature, setting up "study croups", promoting "ant 1 -Commun! sf 
Schools", and In some Ca I i f orn i a communities (notably In Southern Ca I i torn la) they 
have attacked public education. Reports , ■ both In the press and from first-hand 



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The Pattern of Attack on Public Education In 
California by the John Birch Society and Slmi lar Groups 



witnesses* show that certain tac tics are ut i I Ized by John Birch Society members 
par tlcular I y a t school board meetings. These Include: 

Mak I ng wild charges 
Promoting dlssensfcn 
Distributing Inflamatory literature 
-£ Creating a crisis and demanding immediate action 
Disrupting orderly procedures 
Attempting to stampede boards Into hasty action 
Speak inc in behalf of a newly-formed group > Implying it has 
many members 

Themest Either on behalf of the John Birch Society, or e newly-formed 
group, or for themselves, those speaking tend to dwell on certain themes, such ast 

Fac^d with the crisis of Communism 
Board members are rt soft" on Communism 

Leaders In Teacher Assoc Fations {especial I y -Salary and Tenure 

Committee chairmen) are communis t- led 
Schools are bra lnswa3hed wl th collect! vtst Ideology 
Textbooks no longer make reference to patriotic figures 
PTA's have been infiltrated by Communists 
The CTA and NEA Intervenes to "ball -out" administrators 

All testing should be abolished from the schools except achievement tests 
Cumulative records Invade the privacy of the home 

Relationsh ip With Other Groups t Because of the recent , widespread publicity 
and exposure by the press, It Is possible that the John 3irch Society, as such, 
will be less active or open In Its operations. The same people, however, and for 
much the same reasons, will probably form new groups and foment now attacks. For 
this reason it Is well to note the re lat 1 onshl p, or apparent olHance, between the 
John Birch Society and similar groups. This may be done be examining the literature 
which they pass and mail outj as wel I as by analyzing the themes and sources which 
they use. Special attention should be given to address, publishers, and names-- 
often the some ones appear again but with a different group. Judging by such tests „ 
it fs reasonable to assume that John Birch Society members might be found supporting 
such movements ast 

Freedom Forum-Dan Smobt, on both Radio and TV 

Christian Nationalist Crusade, Gerald L.K. Smith, Glendale 

Committee for Constitutional Government, Mew York 

California Free Enterprise Association, Clarence Holies, Santa Ana 



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mm®MY OF CRISIS 

-1961 





An Inquiry into the Meaning and Purpose of 
Our Time. 



A series presentation by twelve outstanding 
professional men and educators assembled to 
decipher 'The Anatomy of Crisis'' which marks 
our time. 



Rarely has a community been so privileged to hear an 
assemblage of outstanding thinkers and educators lead 
an instructive, insightive analysis in depth into the 
meaning and purpose being stated today 



by Physical Science 
by Fine Arts 
by Psychology 



by Philosophy 



by Political Science 
by Religion 
by Sociology 



The word "crisis" may be interpreted to mean 
"opportunity" or "disaster". We live in a .world 
where the possibility of total annihilation is con- 
trasted by the possibility of extended fife . . . a 
world on a perpetual verge of all-out atomic war, 
or the verge of intercontinental communication and 
accessibility which could implement unprecedented 
peace. 

Those who have read extensive random 
statements on these subjects will appre- 
ciate the terse, lucid order of presentation. 

Those who feel partially or ill informed 
on these subjects will gain immeasureably 
by the concise instruction in these four 
enlightened evenings. 




Begins Wednesday, May 10th, at 8 p.m. 



ENCINO COMMUNITY CENTER, 
4935 Balboa Boufevard, 
Encino, California. 




Wednesday, May I Oth. 

"The Meaning' and Purpose of International 
Philosophies, Politics, and Relationships'' 



{Discussion of the Principal Forces and Factors 
Characterizing World Politics.) 



Presenting; 
HOWARD SWEARER, 

Assjst anj_ Pr ofessor o f _Pp)jtica],Science,_U.C.LA._ 

VINCENT OSTROM, 

Associate Professor of Political Science, U.C.L.A. 

EUGENE HINKSTON, 

Professor of Political Science, Pierce College. 




Wednesday, May 17th. 
'The Meaning and Purpose of the Fine Arts" 



{The Statement of our time being made by the 
Sculptor, the Painter, and the Musician.) 



Presenting; 
HAROLD C. SCHWARM, 

Assistant Professor of Sculpture, 

San Fernando Valley State College. 

NORMAN CHAPMAN, 

Head of The Department of Music, Pierce College. 

FLAVIO CABRAL, 

Instructor, Department of Art, Valley College. 



Your free will offer 



Wednesday, May 24th, 



"The Meaning and Purpose of Physical Science" 



(A discussion of the nature of realities in the 
fields of Physics, Genetics, and Philosophy.) 



Presenting; 
DAVID HETRICK, 

Associate Professor of Physics, 

San Fernando Valley State College. 
KEVIN DALY, 

Assistant Professor, Genetics, 
v San Fernando Valley State College. 
LOUIS HAMMER, 

Instructor, U.&.C. School of Philosophy. 




Wednesday, May 31st. 



"The Meaning and Purpose of Individual and 
Group Relationships and identity" 



(A discussion of the Religious, Sociological, and 
Psychological climate of our time.) 



Presenting; 
KEITH BEEBE, 

Associate Professor, Philosophy and Religion, 
Occidental College. 
CHARLES ANSELL, 

Extension Faculty, U.C.LA. School of Psychology. 
PETER GEISER, 

Professor of Sociology, 

San Fernando Valley State College. 



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is privileged to serve the community by bringing " 
to it the best available knowledge in the leading 
areas of Western man's contemporary thinking. 






Our purpose carries with it the insist- 
a nee that in this world of contrasting 



possibilities, we must think — 

or be damned? 



FLETCHER A. HARDING, 
Moderator. 



These educators have been invited to bring to you a bold presentation 
of the latest conclusions in their respective fields. 
If we would accept the responsibility for the pronouncement of our 
age — and it IS our responsibility — then we must be an informed 
arid dedicated people. 



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The Pattern of Attack on Public Education In 
California by the John Birch Society and Simitar ©roups 



Support by Some Educational Instl tutlons* Certain colleges have made 
their faci II ties available for programs such as r, Ant I -Communist Schools" and seem 
to be generally sympathetic with what the John Birch Society stands for. These 
Inc ludet . ' 

Peppetdtne College, Los Angeles 
, Orange Coast College ( not Orange County State College) 
Herding College, Searcy ,. Arkansas 

Catholic Counterpart of the John Birch Society ! There has been establ Ished 
the Cardinal ttlndszenty Foundation, St. Louis, Missouri, whidh appears to be the 
Catholic Counterpart of the John Birch Society. I ts, chairman' and. spiri tual director 
Is Rev. C.S. Dunker # ,and Its executive secretary Is /.Use Eleanor Schaf iy» Fred C. 
Schwarz, who assisted in ,1 ts founding, Is now active In California wl th various 
"Schools of Antl-ConHnunlsnw" 

Ostensible Educational Institutions Related t o John Birch Society 8 Often- 
times the'liorir^'i^ In the name of 1 a "cover" organization^ arid 
effort is made to. have their publ icatlons accepted as legitimate educational mater- 
ials. Such groups are* ^ 

Cinema, Education Guild, Inc*, P.O. Box I4.6205, Ho I 1 ywood h&» Ca 1 1 f * 

ttyron C» Fagen. . 
American Public Relations Forum, Box 587* Burbank, Calif. 
. Education Information,, lhc>, P,0. Box £Q37* Fulterton, Calif. 
Institute of Spec la I Research," P.O^ Box S022D, Pasadena , Ca I If. 
' : . George W* Kobnette. . 

Facts and Education, P.O. Box 20£60v Pasadena, Calif . 

* Frances 'Sort I eft. . 
Americanism Educational League, P.O. Box 90593# Los Angeles k5, Calif. 
Council for Economic Education, M.K, Hart. •'*'■"'.. 
Educattonar Mews Service, Box S3 1 , Fullerton, Calif. CO. <*ashwi ler • "... 

Means of identifying Potential Supporters gf. John Birch Society Point-of-vTewi 
There are some publ Ishers whose books tend to favor the extreme, conservative polnt- 
of-vleW, and these are of ten cl ted in the John Birch Society literature. They include 

Devin^Adatr Co. '.'!*.' 
Gaxton Printers, Ltd. 
Henry Regnery Co. 

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The Pattern of Attack on Public education Jn California 
by the John Birch Soctety and Similar Groups 



The books on Education which they recommend srs ones such as 1 
A 1 1 en t Education or Indoctrination 

Kaubt Communist-Socialist Propaganda In American Schools 
Klrki Academic Freedom 

McCluskey* Public Schools and /floret Education 

Smlttu The Diminished Mind 

Sml tht The Pub I Ic Schools in Crisis 

Films which they would like to have shown In schools arej 
Operation Abolition 
Communism on the Map 

Documents they often resort to are: 

Reports of the Un-American Activities Committee 
San Francisco Curriculum Survey Report 

Citizens Advisory Commission Report (particularly the Minority Report) 

Allied Themes which have been mentioned! 

Return to McGuffey Readers and Noah Webster's Speller 

Against Fluoridation of Water 

Against the Mental Health Movement 

Attack on the Revised Standard Version of the Bible 

Attack on the United Nations, UNESCO, or "world government" 

Repeal the Income Tax 

Methods Utilized In Pea 1 1 nq wi th A ttacks^ The experience of those in com- 
munities where the John Birch Society has attacked public education would suggest 
various measured that might be considered--particular I y in areas where there is 
high assessed valuation per a.d.e., greater concentration of retired people, and a 
back-ground of corwnunl ty conf Met over education* These are suggestions that havt* 
come to the attention of the California Teachers Association: 

I. Havc t If not already formulated, clear-cut procedures governing the 
manner in which Individuals may appear before the 3oard of Education. 

2* Watch for letters to the editor raising some of these issues, and set 
the record straight at the first opportunity, 

3- Participate In, and publ Iclze the fact that teachers do take part In 
recognized patriotic groups. Mote: There 3s an NGA-Amerlcan Legion Joint Comcnl sston, 
of which Dr* Marlon Wagstaff, Los Angeles State College, 'Is a memberj and there may 
be formed a CTA-Amer lean Legion Joint Commission* 

h* Be tn touch with other feeders In communl i-y who also may be under attack, 
such as church leaders, minority groups, and the? ?TA (which the John Birch Society 
members have been told to "Infiltrate"). 

5. Contact statewide professional organizations, such as the Professional 
Standards Commission of the CTA, the California Association of School Administrators, 
who can edvlse and assist. Send them clippings end other information promptly* 

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This is an exact copy of the original 



March 27, 1961 



TO: 



CASA Individual Membership 



FROM: 



James H. Corson, Executive Secretary 



SUBJECT: 



A - Legislation 

B - John Birch Society 



You will find attached the following: 

A. 1. A listing of Bills introduced in the Legislature since our last report. This 

may be added to your previous digest. 

2. A resume of status of some Bills as changed from last report. Note the 
added legend of abbreviations. 

3. A statement regarding some of the Bills which are attracting the most 
attention, are more controversial or may appear to be most significant. 

B, Reprint of the Santa Barbara News-Press expressing the viewpoint of that 
newspaper with respect to some of the activities and/or program of the John 
Birch Society. 

We understand other newspapers have called attention to this organization 
through their columns. It would be well for CASA members to know of the 
John Birch Society and if possible become informed as to their program. It 
would be preferable to get first hand information from their own publications 
if you wish to speak and act authoritatively. One of their publications is The 
Blue Book, John Birch Society, Belmont 78, Mass., price $2. 00. 

We are enclosing a statement from the CTA Research Department which has £ 
more information with respect to the John Birch Society. We know you will r 
appreciate this. 




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Complainant, Who has appeared at this office on previous occasion^ 
advised that Subject, a casual acquaintance, directed a letter to 
her which was dated ft/20/6l. The contents reflected that Subject 
had not heard from "Dick Nixon* 1 but had received "a nice letter 
from J* Edgar Hoover, saying he (Hoover thinks I (Subject) took the 
right stand in regard to the John Birch Society** The letter 
continued as followar "I have known him (Hoover) for more than 25 
years and he is a very sound, fair, man* Let me give you a couple 
of quotes. ♦ 

"There exists today in our land a vital 'rift* which the communists 
are exploiting* Unfortunately, this involves certain people across, 
the country who engage in reckless charges against one another. The 
label of 'communist' is too often indiscriminately attached to those 
whose views differ from the majority* Those whose lives are not 
led according to what one segment of society . •» The job of curtailing 
and containing communism is one for legally constituted authorities 
with the steadfast cooperation of every loyal citizen. This is 
neither the time for inaction nor vigilante action..." 

Complainant stated that she brought the above to the attention of 
the FBI inasmuch asit was her opinion that the FBI would not make 
such disclosures to the public. Complainant advised that she is 
now a member of the John Birch Society. She believed that Subject, 
who is allegedly a screen-writer and against the JBS, is trying to 
influence her fey using the name of John Edgar Hoover. 

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b erooifted that club members are slow 
in making good their pledges for the P.W* She also reported 
about a fund raising function which is heeing plan ned, with 
the pr odeeds to go towards the club's P*wT quota „ I I 
I I said she has been searching for a inexpensive hall 

where such a function could be held and that she had written 
a letter to the Mine., Mill and Smelter Union in Denver afout 
loaning the film 1 Salt of the Earth ■ so tha t it. can be shown 



at the planned P»W. function 



also distributed 



to the club memners names and " ^oWesses of P,W. subscribers 
with instructions that theg$~subseribers toe visited for the 
ptu?pose of a p w* subscription renewal. 



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l in discussing the P W. function, 
said, he did not think that the 'Salt of the Earth ? was an 
appropriate film and anyway, he said, it is too expensive 
and the bond must be posted and it may take months before 
the film can be obtained. He suggested instead, a smaller 
socual function in somebody's home something^ like a fish 
fry, where fish and beer would be served or something 
similar. The meeting decided that plans f'or the P.W.. function 
be worked out by a small committee „, 



"The chairman then called on to 

report on the recent Section meeting. told 

the meeting of the May 7th celebration' wMSft Will Be held 

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on May 1st 1961, sponsored by the Section clubs aa a 
Com minist meeting., . We want people to know, said | 
there ^axe Communist organizations. The Section deexaect to 
poll ''"the clubs to see whether 20 members could be available 
f »r j^articipation,, for a May 1st street meeting, 

^ -The chairman asked for a show of hands of those 
club .members willing to participate,, 5 volunteered. 



"The topic of Edu cation then c ame up J 
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still. a member of the club, has not asked for a transfer and 
could not fritr fwina-pftw without the sanction and permission 

<$£ the club I [in discussing Education for the 

club, Inquir^U iwriy CJ?iU 5lub does not sponsor 'Marxist classes* 

j said that this was no time to discuss 
classes ana that the club mast settle first it ! s own educational 
problem,. and must obtain a teacher to direct the Education* 

"Last to dis cuss was the Russian Astronaut, who 
flew around . the 'wQpld.' i I opened the discussion 

by saying it is one of the greatest achievements of the 
Soviet Russia. He said in discussing the matter in his place 
of business with ci^tomers, he was told that "the U.S. could 
have had a man in space long, ago, if the United States 

WOUld gpgpri Iftgg mnnmr fVvp dftfena^ and mOTB for Space 

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result of this . last . achievement in space by Soviet Russia, 
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I nailed the Society a menace to freedom and '<giyil 
rights and said that the part y mast do something to counteract 

the activities Of the HQGietv r k -irp-pgjftgpri 

surprise that the district of the party did not come out vet 
with anv st atement about the John Birch Society [ 



Expressed the same surprise and said that it is 

aBcAJLTJ Elme that the district djecuss the John Birch Society 
and the Walter MeCarren Act who, amongst other things, 
threaten to outlaw the Communist party . ."or f os»ee the registration 
©f it's members. 



^ . " In discussing the EdiiMafr-Tnn fnv tb& next meetings 

it was decided to try to obtait fe o 3ead with the 

Education/ As an alternative, the, meeting decided to assign 



]to lead with the Education at the next meeting. 



"Topic to be 1 Important 'Cu'&ent, Events, ' The 
meeting, then adjourned with the following club members 
present' 



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this report and could furnish no additional information. 

All necessary action in connection with this 
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Exclusion of "hate group" 
members from membership' 
In the controversial Johrr 
Birch Society was urged to- 
day by Dr. Granville F.' 
Knight, council member of 
the patriotic society from! 
Santa Barbara. ! 

In a speech before a group 
-of John Birch Society South- J 
land representatives, Dr. 
Knight said "persons who are : 
members of hate groups arej 
as unwelcome in the Birch, 
Society as Communists andi 
members of other subversive 
groups would be." j 
He said such members:! 
"who attempt to latch on to| 
the Society, even by indirec- 
tion, must be rejected and ex- 
cluded from membership, : 
and when hate mongers arej 
found within the organization i 
they must be ejected from I 
the rolls." j 

Dr. Knight said it has 
been reported "un-named 
persons have been making 
anonymous telephone calls 
to editors of certain racial 
and religious publications 
stating" that members of 
such races and religions 
are not welcome as Society 
members," adding: 
"As the Society welcomes 
all patriotic Americans re- 
gardless of race or religion, 
any of our members found 
making such telephone calls 
or writing anonymous letters 
will be immediately removed 
from membership, 

"We want to assure those 
receiving hate calls from so- 
ca|led Birch members tjfiat 
truly are victims of sirtsar 
techniques, long used by the 
Communists, in an organised 
attempt to degrade the Birch 



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"April 13, 1961 

"Date/ April 12, 1961. 

"Place, The' Highland, 732 N. Highland Ave 
"Time, 10-15' A.M. '- 2-30 P.M. 

"Feature, AJ>rIl Business Meeting of the Women for 
Legislative Action (W.L.A.) 

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100-59001 (StyW BIRCH SOCIETY) 



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" Quest Speaker, ' Mrs ; LINUS PAULING, ( HELEN EVA ) 
"Topic, The Spread of Nuclear Weapons, will it help or hinder 
survival? 

"Attendance, about 84, among those present were, 
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"Nomination of off ieers report/ with installation 
June 10, 1961, at the W.L.A, annual luncheon, at the Sports- 
man^ Lodge ; " " CARL SANDBURG & CORE among the awardees, Price 
$5.00 for luncheon. 

"I£E HANNEN gave a report on ' the Narcotics Bill. 
She said, 'We must have" "ah all but , campaign, against the 
present bill as it threatens our Civil Liberties . 1 They 
should repeal the bill on first offense on selling narcotics 
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" 'Bill A.B/ 801, is in serious trouble arid needs 
support. Write to Comm. of Ways and Means, immediately and 
also to JESSE UNRUH ( UNRUH ) . 

"JULIA SHERMAN, remarked that ! we must combat the" 
growth of the John Birch Society as it threatens our democracy. 1 

"'Write' to Senators CLARK and ENGLE, to support bill 
A.B. 1507 to abolish Capital Punishment.' 

"International Affairs Panel, IDA STEIN, reports 
on Laos and asks" us t o write to President KENNEDY not to 
interfere in Cuba, Labs, the Congo or Portugal. 

"There i" we're" letters" written to Gove". BROWN urging 
him to us<e his : influence to' promote" thV O'Cohnell Bill, ask-" ' 
irig him f or the abolition of the death penalty on the McMillan 
Bill, which asks for a 4 year mo ratorium of the death penalty. 
Also to write your State Assemblyman, urging him to vote in 
favor "of the Loyalty 'Bill, A.B. 1554.' This bill would relieve 
most public employees' of " the requirement to sigh an oath of 
non-disloyalty instead of the original requirement of 
swearing to a simple and positive path to 'support the 
Constitution. 1 This letter is a must . 

"Mrs. LINUS PAULING spoke about the 'McMahan 
Act, ' arid asked us not to support the bill, as we should not 
send weapons of any kind to foreign countries or our Allies, 
because of the danger of these weapons, getting into the 
wrong hands. 

"It is also to dangerous to arm N.A.T.O., with 
these weapons, as someone might accidently or otherwise fire 
one . ' 

"She said, 'HERR STRAUSS in West Germany would like 
to be an independent power and is very anxious to have 
these weapons, ' 

There will be a Peace Conference in'Oalo, Noitway 
from May 7 - 10-61 held by N.A.T.O, From May 2-7- Scientists 







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"all over the world -75 scientists, will meet there, the last 
day May 7> they will meet at the University of Galo, they do 
not want NVA.T.O. or the Warsaw Pact to get control of 
Nuclear Weapons, Anything could happen if they do, ,u 

ACTION ; 

Informant was thoroughly interviewed concerning 
the above and could add nothing further * 

All necessary action in connection with this memo 
has been taken by the writer „ 

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"After the reading of the minutes of the previous 
week's meeting, the first item on, the agenda was the current 
situation as effecting the national Fund, Los Angeles contri- 
bution. Los Angeles must in the next ten days acquire a 
thousand dollars/ This to make ihalsL aiadag ±a .the National 
Office of $4500.00. Reporting foF 

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the invitation to join a picket line at The larst Congregational 
Church' of Los Angeles the evening of April, 11, l'96l. This to 
protest the meeting of the John Birch Society at the First 
Congregational Church Frsaflflm ilhib gathering ; ■ The picket line 
was organized in haste b j I for the Socialist Workers ' 

Party at the invitation of the Socialist Labor ,-Party, The 
person making the invitation from the SLP was not identified. 



told that some 

L6cal - Socialist 



"Speaking of the picketing, 
50 Party members form the Los Angeles 
Workers Party participated and an unidentified number* of sympathizers 
of the SWP= This picket line was the source of newspaper comment 
and television comment the evening .of April 11, I96I and the 
morning April l£, 19*51. The participation by the SWP in the 
picket line with the resultant publicty was viewed .as marVrfyi 



advance for the SWP both in the local picture, . sale 
in the National picture. 



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"After a fifteen minute recess for the payment 
of dues and pledges, a discussion .on the activities of the 
Pair Play for Cuba Committee (FFCC) at a meeting to be held 
the evening of April 13 , 19Sl 9 at the Unitarian. Church was 
entertained. The major portion of the discussion had to 



do a defense committee organization within the FPCC la ™v« 
doubts were expressed bv the l eadership': of the Party ] 

""Tthat the SWP was physically 



capable or policing the area of the meeting of the FPCC. 
It was decided after differing opinions were . offered that 
guards would be posted at the doors to question suspect 
individuals who" were attempting to enter the hall, should 
they do so. The expression' of doubt that participation in 
the FPCG, if that participation involved strong arms and 
bully tactics, was germane to the aims of the SWP. The 
decision was to continue and do whatever possible to prevent 
violence at the meetings „ 



"Then the Trotter* of the ,Tn hn Birch SnM Ptv 
briefly mentioned byT 



in which 
Was a 'pure ana simple 



was 
said 



that the organization aS he Saw" it 
•fascist T organization patterned after the Nazi, party 
organization in which the idea was to blame the Jewish people 
in Germany and the capitalist in Germany for. Germany *s post 
World War 'I condition of poverty. The idea of blaming famous 
people in Germany for the condition of post World War I 
Germany, was to arouse the people and give them a common 
enemy to dislike and to attack. This he said, is what the 
John Birch Society is doing in the United States at this 
time. To blame famous people for the condition of laxity 
of lack of progress in certain fields, to blame famous 
people such as ministers, national leaders for laxity and in 
fact to elude that these people were card carrying Communist^ 
or Communist sympathizers. This^the pattern of the early 
German 'Ma^laa fhl<a" — thp pattern of the JOHN BIRCH SOCIETY - 
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"The meeting stood adjourned at halp past 10:00. 
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"Also discussed after the business meeting 
had recessed for payment of dues and pledges was the 
forthcoming mass meeting of the Fair Play for Cuba;., 
nnmmitfo ee in Los Angeles „ Speakers at this meeting 
will b e| J and a suitable .companion speaker possibly 

the president of a local carpenters union against a 
representative of the 'Capitalist class 1 preferably 
from the Democratic Party who Mill discuss in favor of 
the Presidents white paper regarding Cuba and the CASTRO 
revolution » 

"This meeting (the. SWP members present who were' 
members of the FPCC) is to be held primarily to agitate 
for a demonstration at the Federal building or some suitable 
place picketing activities to be carried on by members, of 
the SWP. and FPCC representatives and whatever volunteers 
can be acquired from the labor u^ilon ranks;' 1 sympathizers, 
that is^ for both FPCC and SWP. Great hopes are .held by 
the leadership of the Party locally for this activity , 
picketing that. Is, to be seized upon by 'vast numbers' 
(more than 500) Party members^ sympathizers, and labor union 
representatives. This activity Is to be part of a nation-wide 
activity (Hew York) and Los Angeles s spearheaded by the 
Los Angeles Local through correspondence with the Hew York 
Headquarters office of the FPCC* 

" Dissatisfaction was voiced with the New York F PCC 



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"These aforementioned people echoed a desire to 
•demonstrate actively for the FFCC in opposition to President 
KENNEDY'S recent (early April) 'White Paper f regarding the 
Cuban Revolution » 

"The feeling in the SWP 5 Los Angeles Local,- that 
Mr. KENNEDY was not' telling the truth in this. 'White Paper' 
that the United States ' Government .is- -in fact spearheading 
the - forthcoming invasion of Cuba by encouraging" training 
of Cuban refugees in the United States; 1 !" 

ACTION : 

orally advised the writer on 4/l8/6l 



thflt; "hha jjad ividual refer pfid fcfl -tng^awi-: mt^r^r\-r> J r Q<a 

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Informant was thoroughly interviewed and could 
add nothing further to the above. 

All necessary action in connection with this 
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called and requested information regarding 
iety as to what the FBI ' s feelings were 
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make no statements concerning the John Birch Society, that 
the FBI was an investigative agency and that under Departmental 
directives information obtained by the Bureau in investigations 
was confidential and available for official use only; that the 
above was not to be construed by her as to whether or not the 
FBI did or did not have any information concerning the John 
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stood the Bureaus position and inquired if there was any 
Government agency which could give information. regarding 
subversive groups. He was .advised he could direct a letter 
to the- Internal Security Division, Subversive Control 
Section, Department of Justice, Washington 25, D. C, and 
set out therein his request. 



indicated she did not wish to identify her- 
seir rurcner, give, her exact address or telephone number, that 
she was calling for information only. 

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LOS AKGELES LOCAL - 

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]was chairman for the meeting. 



There were a number of members absent as they had 
traveled to Pasadena to set up for the rummage sale. 



■ reported on the picket line at the 
Welch meeting . He said that he had been contacted 
by the Socialist Party and was asked by them to 
cos pons or a picket line at the meet ing. The Ex ec 
board met and agreed to participate J b ald 
that there were plans made, such as starting and 
ending the line together and other minor points, that 
the SP did not adhere to and that he felt that in 
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ind [reported on the l 1 meeting which 

will t ake place on Friday, 5/5/61 at the Park Manor. 
| l acked another .mace agi±a±iona3 speaker be -present. 

The branch voted thfr tj fr e the spea^er f 

spoked and said that it was, up to'-ftie PPGG to organize 
a guard co mmittee a nd that they should not be dependent 
on the 3WP | I spoke and said that he felt another! 

picket, Unfit tn Protest ITS policy towards Cuba should be 

sajld that h£ f elt that there were hot 



formed 

enough forces available for the line to be effective. 
The branch vqted to participate i% such action if it 
is proposed by a non member at a FFCC, meeting^ but not 
to fustigate ,it. ? " "~ 

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informant was thoroughly interviewed and could 
add nothing -further to the ' above a 

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memo has been taken by the writer. 



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The text of informant 1 s report is as follows : 

"April 19, 1961 

"A party to raise money for tine ART .IT was held 
bv some of the member a I | at the home Of the 

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"The evening was spent in conversation and some 
singing. The situation ih Garden Grove regarding the school.- 
board' election, and the bia^Tr hri^f p.xa& waa ^TRmiHa^ well 
as the John Birch Society ! "s tated that she 

had sent for the Blue Book published by the Society. 



"Nothing else took place*" 



ACTION: 



Informant was thoroughly interviewed concerning 
the above and could add "nothing further. 

All necessary action in connection with this memo 
has been taken by the writer., 



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California on 6/8/61 left a note at -the &anta Ana Resident A gency Office 
revesting he he called at telephone | | 



ladvlsed telephonically on 5/8/61 



he had contacted the Los Angeles Office of the FBI inFebruary in February 
1961 protesting the unauthorized use of his name in a list published in 
the ^anta Ana Register in support of a proposal he claimed was submitted 
by the JOHN BIRCH Society. He continued this issue is a closed issue 
so far as he is concerned now. 



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continued he and his wife went to the 
polls to vote in the school election on April 8, 196$, There was a waitizg 
line. INhile waiting, his wife and he discussed the various candidates and 
issues. Hi ey were .joine d by an unidentifi ed school teacher, One of the 
issues they discussed wa | | T Rjhile this discussion took place 

they also discussed the 3 ohn ~B i^h J^ojsiety J | note d an unidentified 

man who although not in^?e^^bliv^s^tion~obviously disapproved of comments 
unfavorable to the JOHN BIRCH Society, 



said that lafct night, he received an 
anonymous telephone call from a woman who castigated him for campaigning 
near the polling place during the school election and accused him oB being 
in violation of the law. 



said he had discussed the natter in detail 
with his attorney. H© continued his attorney and he had concluded this is 
probably an attempt on the part of the John Birch Sooeity to Smear him 
and that upon advise of his attorney he was calling. He said he did not 
think there was any violation of the law, but that he wanted to make the 
situation known anyway. 



]was advised the facts as related by him 



do not constitute a violation of the law within our investigative 
Jurisdiction, He inquired what he should do if he received further calls, 
H« was advised if the calls are local in nature to call his local police 
department. 



him. 



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sxpressed thank s for t he court© sy_exbended 

1 INFORMATION CONTAINS? :~;' ; ;S"»J 



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Date 



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Transcribed _ 

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California fe&chors Association 
1705 Birchison Drive 
Burlingame , California 



Dear 



"The wording (of our press campaign against our political foe) 
Is calculated to provoke In the reader hatred, disgust, 
contempt . . • The phrasing must be calculated not to convince 
but to destroy the ranks (of the enemy) - not to correct the 
adversary^ mistake, but to annihilate, to raze to the ground, 
his organisation. This wording must really be of such a kind as 
to provoke the \yorst notions, the worst suspicions about the 
adversary; it must sow discord In the ranks of the proletariat 
and be the opposite of phrasing which would convince and 
correct . ♦ . rt 



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This principle set forth by Lenin Is a standard method of the 
Soviet press and propaganda and was used to start the vicious 
lies about the John Birch Society * 



J I Cal ifornia Teachers Association, 

I | letter dated &arch 2^, 196l, 

aaaressea zo rresxaents or cxa unartered Chapters from Garf ord (K 
Gordon, Research Executive, called a "Summary of Information 
about the John Birch Society and Rdated Groups*" 

Wo 36e you have hopped on the Communist-instigated "hate John 
Birch Society" bandv/agon and are using the Society as a 
scapegoat* Wha t is your object in crucify ing so many patriotic 
men and women? I j such a large organiza- 

tion of those entrusted with our children's education, I would 
think you would be more careful whom you designate to do your 
so-called "research," Your pro-Communist friends who have done 
this compilation of lies, partially copied from pro-Communist 
newspapers, evidently thought this letter would go unnoticed by 
most and indoctrinate a few in their way of thinking. 

Let us point out a few of the most malicious statements; 



1, Your reference to John Birch members supporting the 

"tactics" of Senator McCarthy, He exposed Communists - 



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which of course they did not like, so they went all 
out vjith all their illegal and legal tricks, slogans, 
and lie 3 to eliminate him. It is too bad there are not 
any more men with his determination and courage. Of 
course the John Birch Society members supported the 
methods used by fcicCarthy - so did all American citizens 
who were not bamboozled by the Communists. 

Discrediting "democracy*" Of course the form of 
government w© have in this country is a republic » If 
you will look in any dictionary you will find that a 
democracy is "a state in which the supreme power is 
vested in the people and exercised directly by them 
rather than by elected representatives * " The 
definition of republic is tt a state in which the supreme 
power rests in the body of citizens entitled to vote 
and is exercised by representatives chosen directly or 
indirectly by them/' Have you forgotten the pledge to 
our Flag? "I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the 
United States of America and to the republic for which it 
Stands , . . " Thank Grod faeudondfcohave^tfte mob rule of a 
democracy. A true democracy was possible only in a very 
small community, such as a Greek city-state, or as a 
system of tovm meetings where all citizens voted on all 
things. 

If the John Birch Society is so secret, how does it 
happen that anyone can buy the Blue Book and how are you 
able to estimate that 95 P©** cent of the secret members 
supported Senator McCarthy? Hasn't it ever occurred to 
you that the only reason for its partial secrecy is the 
danger of Communist infiltration? 

The John Birch Society and other ant i- Communist groups 
are engaged in sending out literature, setting up 
study groups - we are setting up a study group ourselves, 
and many of our friends are doing likewise. We are also 
sending for all material on ant i- Communism we can find to 
aid us in our fight. 

In the "Themes" section, vie agree wholeheartedly with 
those listed in your letter. If there were not 
Communist infiltration in the CTA, would such a letter 
as this vicious example be allowed to be released? 

Let us paraphrase a sentence in your next section. 
"Because of the recent v;idespread publicity and 
exposure by the press, it is possible that the John 



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Birch Society, as such, will be more a not less, active 
or open in its operations. All this free publicity 
has brought to thinking citizens the need for combating 
Communism with all their might and main, 

7. As for your accusations of "anti- Communist" schools 
being established, we would like to ask one question - 
why not ? Communism is the enemy of the free world - 
why not fight our enemy with all we've got? We wish 
every school In this country had an ant i-Communi am 
course 1 

8. The Cardinal MIndazenty Foundation is not a Catholic 
counterpart of the John Birch Society - it is a 
Catholic counterpart of the Christian Ant i- Communist 
Crusade, headed by Dr« Fred C. Schwarz. For your 
information, the Dall as, Texas, schools announced in 
December, i960, that they are to teach how to fight 
the Red threat. They will use material from the 
Freedom Forum, books by J. Edgar Hoover and Dr. Fred 
Schwarz. 

9*. *7e are thankful that so many organizations have been 
formed to inform the American people of the danger of 
Coiiimuniam - if you are not availing yourself of the 
publications of these organizations, you had better 
hurry so you can effectively combat the Communist 
influences in the CTA, 

10. "Operation Abolition" and Communism on the Map" should 
be shown to everyone in all schools to inf orm them, of 
the bloody Communist conspiracy that intends to enslave 
us all. Yeur statement, "Documents they often resort to 
are", is the purest Communist statement vm can find in 
the entire letter. It refers to the Un-American 
Activities Committee reports. If you were a Communist 
wouldn^t you try with all your might to discredit the 
committees and organizations exposing the truth about 
you? In Masters of Deceit J* iSdgar Hoover says, 
"A primary tactic of the Communist Party is to 
preserve the legal status of the Party. Thus> any 
organisation which has the duty to investigate or 
expose communist activity is singled out for attack. 
For years the Party has campaigned against the 
House Committee on Uh- .American Activities, the 
Senate Internal Security Sub-Committee, and the 
Senate Investigating Committee. The Department 




Pag© lj. May 2 S 196l 



of Justice and the FBI have not bean spared, and we 
have come to judge our effectiveness by the Intensity 
of communist attacks 
The rest of the "themes" mentioned protest the current 
attempt of educators and others to mold the people of 
the United States into one pattern, or norm, with the 
purpose of making it that much easier for the Communists 
to take over our country. 

11. The list of "instructions" on the last page Is too 
ridiculous to comment upon. 

The quotation at the beginning of this letter was taken from 
Pacts on Communism , Volume II , The Soviet Union* from Lenin to 
Khrushchev , published by the Committee"' on Un-American Activities, 
December, 190O. 

I you are an excellent example of the blind leading the 

blind. Please open your eyes to the unpleasant facts and learn 

b6 about Communist plans for world conquest! If the door of your 

mind is not locked, and if you have not thrown away the key, 

t>7C read the enclosures - you might learn something i 

Incidentally, neither of us has ever been, Is not now, nor ever 
intends to be, a member of the John Birch Society. 

Sincerely yours , 



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CALI^OFtillA T^ACUIS IB 'VSSOQJATIOII 
1705 Liurchison Drive . * Burlingame., Gall form, a 



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To; Presidents of CTA Chartered Chapters 

From Oarford G D Gordon s Research Executive 

Subject; Summary of Information about John Birch Society and Related Groups 



Several California communities have recently been the scene of 
organised campaigns against the public schools and school teachers * r fhese 
attacks have involved direct attempts to discredit the integrity and 
motives of educators * Because of their vicious nature, it apt- ears 
desirable to inform all local associations of the background of the 
individuals and organisations f orienting thea« 

The most flagrant recent attacks have been made in the name of or in 
connection v/ith an organization known as the John Birch Society* Hor;evor f 
there are mny related groups using other names and many individuals who 
join in the attacks although not dearly identified with any of the attack- 
ing organisation"* For these reasons 3 Dr* Stephen Co Clark, Research Asso- 
ciate ,> has prepared the accompanying summary of facts about the pattern of 
attack and organisation present in those situations v;hero trouble has oc- 
curred or in likely to develops This document is provided to you for your 
information and for use by the chapter in planning and conducting its local 
program for meeting attacks on education and teachers » 



GOG % pah 

CTA Research 

Attch* 

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You might be interested in the copy of a letter mailed 1 
by the Research Department of the California Teachers 
Association to their Presidents of CTA Chartered t 
Chapters I have ogftri . With this let tft-r is a reply 

written b j | and myself. * 

This CTA letter is causing quite a bit of criticism in 
our area* Letters to the Editor sections of the Santa 
Ana Register and the Costa Mesa Globe Herald have 
contained quite a few adverse comments about the ideas 
expressed in the letter, and telegrams and letters have 
poured into Orange Coast College Jp\^y^ /p^U — ^^-**^^^a^ 

I am sorry I could not obtain an original copy, but I 
thought you might like to see the opinions of a few in 
CTA. 



Indices $garch/wip 

FD-160 (Rev. 10*-l-59) 





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Birth Dale 



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CONTACTED 

WRITER TO-DAY ADVISING THAT THE CURRLNI PRESS CONTAINS A 
STORY BY LOUELLA PARSONS INDICATING THAT GORDON GORDON AND 
WIFE ARE WRITING A SCRIPT "THE JOHN BIRCH SOCIETY" WITH 
EDWARD G. ROBINSON SPOKEN AS A POSSIBLE LEAD IN A FILM 
PRODUCTION. 



ABOVE HAS NOT BEEN VERIFIED BY WRITER, AND 
WAS NOT GIVEN THE ENCGUR AGEMENT OF QUESTIONING 
AS TO DETAIL. 



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WRIltK'S, ADV I SLD Uh I Ht AtSUVb SlAltD Ht HAD NOT SEEN IT, 
BUT JUDGED THE STORY A POSSIBLE "NEWS PLANT", COMMON IN 

Fl ffhlTI Nn INTEREST ON 
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THE FILM INDUSTRY, WITH PURPOSE QL 
THE PART OF SOME STUDIO OR OTHER J_ 
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IAL DAILY TITLE REGISTRATION 
AND SAID THAT NOTHING SUGGESTIVE OF THE ABOVE WAS SHOWN, 
THEREBY POSSIBLY CONFIRMING HIS THEORY OF THE ITEM AS A 
"NEWS PLANT". 

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his wife decided to overcome an attitude of ajoathy toward 
American politics and American Foreign Policy* 



Vta g-ha-hori -hVia-h h p h&S been! 



and wanted to do all he could 

ror America to nave a strong foreign gnu mr £ls_ a 




result, he joined the Democratic Club T I 
I 1 stating that he and his wife had both been life- 

long members of the Democratic Party, 



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He informed that approximately four months ago, 
he was asked to attend a meeting of the California Democratic 
Clubs at Santa Monica, California, and that while there, a 
representative from the Governor's Office from Sacramento, 
California, related that he hoped for the various Democratic 
Clubs throughout the State to announce a policy and that 
the policy should become incorporated in a State Platform. 

Ehere were various points that the Governor urged. 
He recalled two. One was wanting to have a morat orium on the 
Capital punishment Law in California. ! | stated he 

recalled that because he personally felt opposed to such a 
moratorium feeling that capital punishment serves as a 
deterrent to crime. 

Number two was a matter concerning the loyalty 
oath. He said that the representative from the Governor's 

1-Los Angeles 



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Office wanted to have a revision in the loyalty oath, to 
atate it positively and not negatively. He wanted to have 
it set forth that each one taking such an oath would he his 
own judge whether or not he was a loyal American and If he, 
by his own standards, felt that he was, he need only aay that 
he was a loyal citizen. 

The group an r* thn Tinrmn Te ntative f rom the Governor's 
Office were opposed tq | stand when[ 



announced he did not favor the Governors proposal Inasmuch 
as by this standard, anyone could be a member of front 
groups for the communist Party itself, but still tell himself 
that he thought he was a loyal citizen and so in good con- 
science, take the loyalty oath. 



]said that this caused great furor at the 



meeting and that he found that he. was a minority of practically 
one person with this feelingi He said that he went home from 
this with an astonished attitude, thinking that he had joined 
an organisation in which he no longer felt he could believe. 



The next incident was on 



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bernaraino to tne cjlud rooms or tne First Federal Savings 
and Loani Inhere they were to attend a similar meeting 
of local area Democratic clubs 1 

He said he found that there was literature pre- 
sent which spoke favorably for what he thought was an 
Uh- American side of an Issue from San Francisco, California, 
in which the university of California at Berkeley students had 
participated In a riot. He said he thought this group was 
presenting an entirely liberal approach which he did not 
like; 

During the course of _£Iifl_m£££Ing, he said that 
a man who gave his name only a£ [ phonetic), made 

a lengthly speech in which he said Etta "G the House "Un- 
American Activities Committee was damaging the United States 
and its reputation. He also added that he felt he could not 
trust the FBI nor Director JV EDGAR HOOVER, Inasmuch as they 
had been, in the speaker's opinion, furnishing information 
to the House Committee on Un-American Affairs. 



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stated that this riled—him 



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that he got up and argued at length wit 
that the FBI, its Director and much of its personnel was 
the same also in policy as it had been 25 years ago when 
these same persons were strongly in favor of the FBI and 
its activities. He said he felt that the FBI was the one 
organisation which the American public must trust. He 
found that there were other persons in the group who did not 
like to have him make such strong statements i 



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came 

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I ~| wanted to fight him, but: 

realized that[ 



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engage in fighting haaajL-0ji statements made at a political 



ga the ring I He to if 



that if he were in any other 



form of employment^ uy wuifld be willing to fight him. 



At this time 



who had been 



a1art n^riofi ari( 3 offered sarcastic remarks toward 



very vocal during the meeting xn trying to urge more liberal 
stands in the California Dsmocratic platform* an d who had 

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kbpn said "You 



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had acted in" 



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an irrational manner during much o£-jthi 
meeting an d he thought of him as a " charact er 1 1 
later told 1 " 



Ithat; ne wouia 



withdraw from this organization since it apparently 
tole'rated persons that they should have purged long ago. 



I I related that these incidents_a£i_uiaa£±. 

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he and his wife were anti -communists and would like to join 
an organization dedicated to fighting communism. Ha said he 
had heard a lot concerning the John Birch Society and. would ' 
like to have any information we could furnish him concerning, 
the organisation. He also inquired that if he joined the John 
Birch Society, would it have any adverse effect on his security 
clearance. 

• He was advised of the confidential nature of FBI 
files and that we would not -be able to, make any comment 
concerning the John Birch Society, and that he should not 
infer that our inability to make any comment; indicated that 
we did o»r did not have information concer ning the organization 
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SSAftCHFH .. Ai>?iil'l*%»$> I 

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Ale* Gordon Pegs Pic On Fo under " 
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Indie producer A|e^__fiLQ ^lfta _has registered the titles " The Coamo- 
nautsi' and "Alias '5 oEn = mrcfr r with MPAA and is formulating/ a falL" 
le rising date on-£r""lJack-lo-l>aek" basis for the pair. 
l. 'MCsflw ionauts' will make no direct reference to the Russian space- 
man, but will deal with fictionaliz ed effort s of the two major powers in 

— V" " v'nv. j^ace race," Gordon said. Ruth 
' Alexander is presently scripting 
the feature from her own idea, 

Gordon said "Birch" will be a 
'fact-fiction treatment of th^oun- 
der of the presen t John Birch So- 
ciety, and will delve into "(Jom- 
munistic influence on American 
college campuses." 

An estimated $600,000 budget' 
has been allotted for each pic, he 
said, and either one or both may 
figure in his multiple pic deal with 
Columbia Studios "depending upon 
pending negotiations," 

Producer himself will script 
"Birch," after doing "personal re- 
search.' 1 

Prior to production of |wo pix, 
Iproducer will complete "Mask of 
|he Red Death" and "War Against 
urime" under bis indie banner foj 
Ending Columbia release. 



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Complainant was interviewed at his office at his request, 





He stated he wa's 








and recently has "become upset over 



possible "subversive influences" in the Burhank school system, 



stated that the subjectp 

makes a point of befr&enaing new memoers or tne oo&ra or education so 
they go along with his thinking. Complainant st ated that recently .a- 



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Burhank, v;hich memo was prepared "by the California Teachers Association and 
which is entitled "THE PAOTHJT OF ATTACK ON PUBLIC EDUCATION IE CALIPORUIA 
3Y THE JOHN BIRCH SOCIETY AMD SIMILAR GB0UPS«. Complainant feels this 
«:erco was prepared hv a »rvwrrnrnftt nr subserve" and sjiould not have "been 
sent to principals ! | Complainant also stated that in a recent 

edition the Bur hank H. S, newspaper profited an editorial criticizing the JOHN 
BIRCH SOCIETY and complainant feels a student did not write the editorial but 
nould pnfc -g±fi* Ap.te>.vroi na "aaithort a j n^a. Complainant said that several years 
a£° \ O rganized a camp "ASIYTOWH USA tt and had outstanding students 

from Los Angeles area highfe 'schools'- at tend for one week during the. summer. He 
knows a friend that allowed his boy attend from Bur bank H,S. who returned and 
said the group consisted of all races and social events that were integrated and 
lectures telling the students that they must accept integration as it is inevitable 
and right and just. Complainant felt that subject should not have allowed 
3urhank students to participate in this "AHYTOVJK USA"* 'Complainant then bseex 
requested the writer to determine whether JTBI has any information indicating 
□ubject is a and w iong faEfi subversive, Complainant was told of confidential^nature 
of F.B.I, files. 



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Subjection am e and aliases 



Lecture Series - ISncino ' 
^Camnrunity Center, 493 5 Balboa 



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originally telephonically LA office in regards 



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of complaint brochure pertaining to the lectures to the Burbank, Ca^if. 
Procure is attached* ' . . 

C stated that at the first meeting. ,there were several members of what he 
believed to be the John Birch Society in attendance . He stated that the 
Community Center is owned and opprated by the' ^cino Community Church and 
can be rented by various groups. This hall will accomadate -apnroxijEately . 
250-350 people for this tyr>e of meeting. 

C stated that he did not know if this series of lectures wer* 1 of a 
subversive nature or not but wanted to make the information available to 
the ffBI. - : . 



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OFFICE MEMORANDUM UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT 
TO: SACj LOS ANGELES (100-60577) DATE: 5/1/61 b6 

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SUBJECT: AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION (ACLU) 
ORANGE COUNTY 
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ACTIVITY 



RECEIVED AGENT 



LOCATION 



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mation in the 
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Writer 



The text of informant's report is as follows: 

"April 19, 1961 



for the purpose or raising n 



a party was held by- 
loney at the home ofl 



Those attending were: 



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MAY 1, 19^1 
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Others not known. 

"The evening was spent in conversation , a lot was 
said about the situ ation in Garden Grover and the 'black 
briefcase. ! I stated that it was a well known smear 

tactic and that it was too bad such political action should 
take place in a school board election. He further stated 
that it looked bad for 1 our side 1 . 

"Beer and popcorn was sold to raise money." 

ACTION : 

Informant was thoroughly interviewed concerning 
the above and could add nothing further. 

All necessary action in connection with this memo 
has been taken by the writer. 



OFFICE MEMORANDUM UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT 
TO: 'SA G, LOS ANGELES (100-1 7375) DATE: 5/2/61 

SA 



FROM: 
SUBJECT 



LOS ANGELES LOCAL - 

SOCIALIST WORKERS PARTY (LAL-SWF) 

IS ~SHP 



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who has far- 
nished reli« 
able Informa- 
tion in the' 
past and whose 
Identity should 
be concealed. 



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Informant furnished the following written report: 



April HT, iyca 



the S.W.P 



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the L.Ac local of 

meeting at 1702 E. 



4th St., Los Angeles . Those present and recognised were: 



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105-8734 



(FAIR PLAY FOR 
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| | was chairman for the meeting, 

fr /ere In the Bay area for the 
week. There were also a number of members absent as 
they had traveled to Pasadena to set up for the rummage 
sale. 



eported on the picket line at the 
Welch meeting of the John Birch Society. He said that 
he had been contacted by the Socialist Party and was 
asked by them to eosponsor a picket line at the meeting. 
The Exec board met and agreed to participate.! 



said that there were certain plans made, such s\s starting 
and ending the line together and other minor points, 
that the S.P* did not adhere to and that he felt that 
in the future a better understanding should be had with 
the S.P. before agreeing to work with them* Various other 
comments were made such as radio and TV coverage. 



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"The main discussion for the, meeting was about the 

•PalT* Plaxr fm> flnha nftmrnVtijee. AS the diSCUSSioh Started, , 

na7n*ivpH . .being invited t o attend 



that part of the meeting .1 reported on. the! 



meetdbafiL_sdai£h_will take place on Friday, May 5>, at the Park 
ManoT ^ fc ftmmehted that he felt that there should be 

another speaker who 1 co p 1 '' 1 ™ nr> | agitational . hym^R 



be the speaker. 



voted approval and tha 

spoke about the various meetings at which thejr have rormea 
a guard and started that he felt that FFCC should organize. b6 
s uch a committee" and hot depent on the SWP to organize it ♦ 



"The idea of forming a picket_LLaa-±fl_r>rotest 
IT.S. policy towards Cuba was discussed I I spoke 

and felt that there woul d not be e nough farces available 
to make a line effeetive l I spoke in favor of the 

action a The >ranch voted to participate in such action 
if it is proposed fr^m-fche-Jjloor at a FPCC meeting, but 

not to instigate it J I spoke uriging that the FFCC 

branch in LA contact NY urging them To participate in similar 
action." 

ACTION ; 

Informant was thoroughly interviewed and could 
add nothing further to the above . 

All necessary action in connection with this 
memo has been taken by the writer* 



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SAC S LOS ANGELES (100-1763) 



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SUBJECT: SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA 
DISTRICT COMMUNIST 
PARTY (SCDCP) 
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l^LO- 59001) f JOHN BIRCH SOCIETY) 

100-^3423 (political activity) 
100-24349 (international relations) 
105-873^ (fpcc) 

100-17375 (SWP) 

97-16 (p.w.) 

100-30809 (elizabeth gurley flynn) 



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Informant; placed this information on a membbelt which 
was furnished to the -writer k/2K/6\. It was transcribed 4/27/61 
and documented by the informant in the presence of the writer 
on 4/28/61. 

Informant's report is set out as follows: 

"April 27, 1961 



meeting was held in Los Angeles of | 
of the Communist Party of Southern uanrorma. 'mis meeting 
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"The m eeting began about 10:30 with a report 

by | I la the behalf of the District Board which 

haa met on Thursday night. The board decided to introduce 
a report on the municipal elections. It began with the b6 
proposition that American politics is now quite unstable. 
The best indication of this instability is the rUse in b/ 
prominence of the John Birch Society, which represents b7 
new violent turn in the political situation in the United 
States. 

"Standing to the right of GOLDWATER conservatism, 
these people feel that anyone who believes in any kind 
of government intervention in the affairs of individuals 
is a Socialist. They further believe that taxes, even 
taxes for a high military budget^ are incorrect, and 
focus their main attention on the slogan^ r Down with 
Communism. * 

"It is Important in analyzing political 
situations today, sai d I to recognize the relationship 

between Democracy and Socialism, do some of the routine 
politicians operating today contain within themselves 
elements of Fascism? The answer is yes SAM YORTY is one 
such person. As the first head of the Un-American Activities 
Committee in California, YORTY, who is a Democrat, went so 



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"far as to back RICHARD NIXON in the last election. There is 
a good possibility that this man will become mayor of Los 
Angeles „ If he does, this could seriously strengthen the 
reactionary forces in the Democratic Party^ and could 
weaken, and even destroy the California Democratic Council, 
which is a Democratic movement within the Democratic 
Party in California, 

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ptated that the Party had urged the ^ 

Democrats with whom it has influence, to enter the " 
fight for mayor in Los Angeles. A decision had been b7D 
made some time ago that RICHARD RICHARDS would run, she 
stated, but then at the last minute RICHARD RICHARDS 
declined to run, YORTY campaigned in some areas of the 
city as a Democrat/ Now if he wins, he could gain a 
prestige within his Party equal to that held by Governor 
BROWN* The question then arises, whether the Party or 
Progressives should support POUXSOKMs candidacy. This is 
Impossible, The people resent POULSON p in fact, many who 
voted for YORTY did so in protest eve*? POlfoSON, It 
now seems clear that RICHARD RICHARDS could have won the 
election if he had chosen to run, 

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unions have already endorsed POULSON, Furthermore, all b7c 
of the important minority areas where the Negro" people, n 
the Mexican people, and the Jewish people live in the b/LJ 
Los Angeles area, indicated that POULS,££N ran way ahead 
during the primary elections, 

"It is necessary that the Party criticise both 
sides on the issues,, and on their records in the forth- 
coming election 

"The main local Issue said l I is the Issue 

of police brutality, and both SAM YORTY aftd POULSON have 
endorsed the background and the attitude of Chief PARKER 
and his department. An unusual situation has taken 
place in the race for City Control Lines Usually this 



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"election is not important; however ^ It now appears that NAVARRO, 
from the Tenth Councilmanic District will be elected in 
this race. This Councilmanic District from which he will 
resign is the strongest Negro district in Los Angeles. 
Someone like ATKINSON., or another outstanding Negro could 
gain the post of Councilman in the area once NAVARRO had 
vacated the post. 



that the Los 



"You will remember, said _^ 
Angeles Times, and other forces in the Los "Angeles area 
got ALLEN and BUH$E to enter the primary last election 
in order to split the Liberal and Progressive vote and 
defeat ATKINSON* That will not be so easy with the new 
pnflitjinn of thf? Negro people in the KENNEDY administration, 



said L 



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ie appointment of HATCHER as an assistant 
press secretary and the appointment of CECIL POOLE as a 
government attorney are very important measures of the 
new role that the Negro people can play within the 
Democratic administration. The time is therefore passing 
where it is possible to bring together ^oint opposition to 
a Negro" on the Los Angeles City Council, 



stated that when NAVARRO reslgnes, the 



City Council win have to appoint a temporary successor. 
This could be a Negro 9 providing two things are done. 
In the first place there must be unity in "the. Negro 
community on who this candidate should be. This; agreement 
should be made as soon as possible, >%n the second place, 
a large petition campaign should begin^ to demand the 
appointment of a Negro Councilman to take N AVARRO 1 s place. 
We should get to work at once, sai< 3 I arranging 

expressions and statements on this question. 



"Turning to the School Board elections, 
pointed out that all the ineumbunts were re-electecTJ 
including those two Progressives who have been serving 
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"The final election, he said in conclusion, 
will show a large turnout because of the tremendous 
interest in the POTJLSON - YORTY race. 

" After a short intermission, discussion began 
very slowly J Ijafljaated the importance of the 

I^xican vote » I S tated that while we cannot 

endorse FOULSON, we should underline the danger of 
Y0RT2"* S election. It was afcyparent during this portion of 
the discussion and later, that neither he nor many others 
in the room had. read the editorial last week in the 
"Peoples World", which had done specifically this, that is, b6 
underline the importance of defeating vnwT*v. However, it 
was reported from the chair by | la nd others that twc 

SAM YORTY had a copy of this editorial with him when he 
was interviewed on television earlier this week, and had b/D 
exhibited this editorial as an indication of the "fact that 
he was truly ant i» communist because the 'Peopled World' 
was opposing him. 



1 spoke next . She wanted to know why 
f ornia District Club had not entered the campaign. 
Although it is hard to work for POULSON,, she said, we 
must guarantee the defeat of YORTY* : She indicated that her 
section is working in the Seventh Assembly District where 
there is a liberal candidate running against, a conservative 
candidate. However, she would not name these "candidates. 
She indicated further that has been a great deal of John 
Birch Society activitiesTn the Valley/ She pointedout 
that Congressman HIESTAND and Congressman RbtTSOLOTT are 
open members of the John Birch Society and quoted from a 
recent article by AL.CAPP. in the Mirror News which criticized 
the mentality of the voters who live in the Twenty-First 
Congressional District where HIESTAND' was elected. There 
has been some consideration, she .©aid, within some of the 
Democratic Clubs in the Valley in starting a recall movement 
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"The next speaker was 



who stated 



the situation is changing very rapidly. It may, she 
said, that KENNEDY'S repent speech before the newspaper 
editors may change the whole election situation municipally. 
We must raise the issue of police brutality very sharply, 
she said regarding the mipgtinn nf a Negro in the Tenth 
Councilmanic Dijtrict J I suggested that we should 

try to get an issue conference held in this area as soon as 
possible, and that this question should become an old 
fashion point of concentration for the Party. 



spoke next. She saidtltee should 

speak out on the issues, particularly in the pages of the 
"People 4 © World," 



indicate zn&z me ■ people 1 
on this question , 



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The next speaker was 
we should be careful in the future when we had a 
candidate like RICHARD RICHARDS who might back out of the 
election. 



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that we must be particularly 
which we crltise YORTY* We must work in Iskis campaign 
strictly on the issues 



_ who indicated 
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■fatality. 

who said very 



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I 1 spoke next. He indicated that the 

District Committee ^apparently supports the report of 
the Board, in answer to a question, lie stated that the 
possibility of a rising campaign doing anything important 
is. very slim. As a matter of fact, he stated, a rising 
campaign would probably be an anti-POULSGN "movement and it 
could hurt more than it helps the current situation. b6 
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question of non-fiartisan elections in the Los Angelefc' 
area, but our own Party cannot be criticized on this b7D 
question. Unfortunately we are not leading the masses of the 
people. If we were, we could do a great deal more on 
questions of this kind. However, our position, he said must 
be a dialectical one. We must recognize that either 
candidate is a good candidate and we must do what we can 
to improve the issues,, 

"In conclusion, the report made b^ 

in behalf of the B oard was adopted by the District 
Committee. 

"Aftftr a abort intermission, a report was 

presented bj on the question of Cuba. He 

indicated that the^Luban situation represented the struggle 
fo American Imperialism against the people of Latin 
America. Discussing the events of the week, he said that 
the situation is developing very rapidly. ', No one should be 
fooled into believing" that this is simply a Cuban question. 
Much larger issues are involved. Without a massive 
resistance and major, realignment taking place in- the 
United States a continuation of the policy laid down by 
JOHN KENNEDY in his recent speech before the newspaper 
editors will bring about a very important and complete 
change in the strategy of the United States in dealing with 
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"Backing up this position I 
length from a front page article which appeared in the 
April 21 issue of the Wall Street Journal, pointing out 
that the American strategy has completely changed,. The 
course that the United States is now apparently adopting 
is one of vi gorously interferi ng in the affairs of other 
nations, sai | | 

. "A few points must be realized in this situation. 
In _ the first place there was an invasion of Cuba, and the 
purpose of this invasion was to establish a beachhead for 
further attack on |b>ie Castro Government. In the second b6 
place, the Cuban people demonstrated their solidarity in 
their willingness to defend the Cuban Government . In the b7c 
third place, the American people, while they are not 
solidly behind the Castro Government, fear an involvement 
in war, and can be educated to ^ better understanding of 
the dangers of such an involvement. Finally, the situation 
in. Cuba has not ended, but continued efforts along these 
lines may be expected* 

"With regard to the question as to what the 
Party should do j | proposed the following? In the 

first place, we should increase our organized support for the 
Cuban Government through meetings, leaflets> and other 
types of literature. In the second place, we should continue 
our support f or the Fair Play for Cuba Committee . Let 
us note, said ] I thSt this Committee is controlled 1 

throughout thy uuuuu'y arid especially in Los Angeles by 
the Socialyt^t Workers party. We must strengthen and democratize 
some of the sub groups of this Committee, however. 
For example, the Minorities Sub- Commit tee of the Fair 
Play for Cuba Committee and the Trade' Union Sub- Committee 
of the Fair Play&r Cuba Committee are democratic organs 
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"TCiey are planning a series of meetings for the Tfcade Unionist 
particularly one meeting which will be held on May 5/ at the 
Park Manor. One of the "best methods for speaking out on 
this question is through the use of headlines and these 
have been utilized very effectively in the last few days. 
However, we should avoid the conclusion that these are the 
only means of political expression open to support the 
Cuban people. This is only part of the approach we should 
take. There are other ways of meeting those who feel that 
Cuba should get more fair treatment. Furthermore we Bhould 
recognize that many who are not interested in the Cuban 
situation, are worried about the possibility of wide spread 
war j and we should direct a good deal of attention to this 
question. 



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other aspects of our program. The importance of building 
the 'People's World' is greater now than it ever was. 
Our role in the elections and our fight for employment 
for the unemployed must continue as well, he said. When 

■ I,. — 1 m to m A kf « fcT . num ■ W0re a COUpfe Of questions 

froB regarding the problem of 

how th e administration policy airfers today on Cuba from what 
is was I I asked specifically how the white 

paper wmcn was issued two weeks ago differs from the 
KENNEDY statements to the newspaper editors, and she 
wanted also to know the meaning of KENNEDY'S calling in 
EISENHOWER and NIXOH in the last twenty- four $iours. 



spoke first on the question. She stated 
'is the intent of the invasion to lay the basis for 
She pointed out that EISENHOWER 

What is 



that it 

further intervention. 

always demanded a by-partisan foreign policy. 
needed now she said, is a by-partisan road for peace. 

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"supporting KENNEDY in this situation. The American people, 
she said, are much more worried about the question of large 
scale war than they are about the question of sovereignty 
of Cuba* 



"Lho pointed 



was followed by 

out that the United States has been serious xy considering 
a shift in military strategy for several months now« He 
underlined the role of the Central Intelligence Agency, not 
only in the Cuban situation, but in Laos, the U-2 
picture" and Viet Ham, and then pointed to the role of the 
Liberals within the Democratic administration, which has 
been one of supporting the KENNEDY policy as it developed. 
He dealt briefly with the concept of exeellation as it has 
appeared in the KENNEDY administration, explaining the switch 
iri military advisors who are working Laos back into 
military uniforms and discussed the development of the 
counterrevolutionary forces which are now invading Cuba, 

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stressed the importance of building the peace 
movement and" the recognition of the effect which this new 
policy of KENNEDY'S will have on the attitudes of other 
governments, such as the Mexican Government 



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who said that there 



needs to be a broad expression, or . many, many kinds on the 
notion of peace. We should participating in campaigns he 
said. 



|spoke next indicating that the 

Beverly-Fairfax Section has done just this/ A participating 
campaign. has been mobilized, she said, and at a recent 
section meeting several letters were sent out. The Echo 
Park Section, she said, has sent a resolution to KENNEDY 
in the name of some of the individuals who work in the 
Democratic Clubs. Representation should now be sent to 
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|ommented that we should use the 

radio program "Opinion Please 1 as a means of airing our 
views on this question. 



then spoke indicating that Mirror 
News had carried an article which was obviously planted 
in the letter box of the question that CASTRO may bomb 
Florida. This is a suggestion of provocation similar to 
the one which was used in 1898 on 1 Remember the Maine' 
slogan. We should get out leaflets which alert the 
American public against the possibility of provocations. 
These provocations, she stated, would be used to further 
involve the United States in war with Cuba*. b6 

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or war she said. The problem of what we can do is very 
important now. We should note that individual' initiative b7t 
is very important. We must demand an immediate solution 
of the domestic problem s facing the American people for one 
^ <ng 1 ^^™]lald great stress on the fact that 



| of the California Democratic Club has 

repudiated his hard support for ADALI''*STEVE$SON which he 



led during the campaigr 
president. (Could this 




f STEVENSON as 
be the individual 





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there has been a complete change in 
the United States. The American people 
anti-Cuban; however, KENNEDY is using anti-communism as a 
Justification for deepening his anti- Cuban position 
and this may succeed. 



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the situation in 
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spoke next discussing KHRUSHCHEV 1 s 
recent statements to .KENNEDY, warning KENNEDY about the 
consequences of further intervention. 

then spoke indicating very little. 



spoke next* He said that JOHN 



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Imperialists intentions toward and other countries may be. 
We should have no illusions, he said, about the difficulty 
of the Party's position in the United States* The 
greatest opportunity we have in this situation lies on the 
fact that international events and attitudes of other 
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concluded the discussion by warning 
be careful in their use of language. 
We must recognize, he said, the level of . understanding of the 
American people on many of these issues is very weak. We 
should not use language of the kind which was recently 
used in a leaflet which took the United States sharply 
to tafek for its point of view with regard to the colonial 
countries. Instead, we must make the thinking of the 
Party amiable to the understanding of the masses. We 
should emphasize the need for peace and the moral issues 
in our work rather than hoping for a level of understanding, 
which does not exist. 



"In closing the meeting, 
to the forthcoming May Day meeting? 
GURUSY PLYNN will speak. 



jailed attention 
at WJuAh ELIZABETH 
GURLEY FLYNN will stay on for a 
meeting; of the District Committee .which has been called 
for May 12. This meeting will take place at the Danish 
Hall. 



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pointed out at the end of the 
meeting that she expects to leave on Sunday, April 23, 
for Moscow* She expects to be in Moscow for the May Day 
parade. While she is gone, her responsibilities in the field 

of pea ce and with the aeation opganl ^s will be Cared 



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care 01 vne COTcTn liueuiiun anu win also take care of the 
youth and civii rights issues*" 

ACTION; 



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this report and could furnish no additional information. 



All necessary action in connection with this memo 
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OFFICE MEMORANDUM ** 
TO: SAC, LOS ANGELES (100-26045) 

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YOUTH MATTERS) 
MAY DAY COMMITTEE) 
PW) 

JOHN BIRCH SOCIETY) 
FAIB PLAY FOR CUBA COMMITTEE) 
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS) 
CUHHJRAL ACTIVITIES) 
AMERICAN FRIENDS SERVICE COMM. ) 
RELTfiTON^ 



\0r ATTEMPTS TO INF 
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"Tha Southe rn California District CP held a 

I I meeting T 



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"The first point on the agenda was a 
discussion on the PW fund drive and the PW conference. 



| ptated the PW fund drive 

is not going well at all. This seems to be in all areas'. 
A survey has shown that this is do to the contents of 
the PW paper which CP people don't feel that they should 
support as the PW does not express the views of the working 
class. 



I I stated that the comrades will be 

able to discuss content of the PW at the PW Work Conference 
but not in a degenerate form. The PW conference will 
be held on Saturday, May 13,, 1961, at the Hungarian Center, 
1251 South St. Andrews Place, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

"The 2nd point on the agenda was a discussion 
on the May Bay ttass meeting. 

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mobilization la expected for the May Bay Mass 
Rally, Leaflets are now available for all of the 
CP Sections in the District to mail out to Broader 
forces. The youths of the CP will act as ushers at 
the May Day meeting. 

"Groups will be supplied for nixing in the 
audience in case there be any trouble from reactionaries 
Also a group will be placed on the doors one hour before 
the May Day meeting begins. 

"On May 5, 1961, a Pair Play fir Cuba meeting 
will be held. We are urged t o watch out for the J ohn 
Birch Society folk, so stated |~ | 

"The 3?d point on the agenda was a discussion 
on Peace & the Cuban invasion. 



itated that President KENNEDY'S 



speech creates a danger for the CP in the United States; 
war is eminent. The campaign for 'Hands off Cuba* 
should be heighten. The CP has to step up the question 
of the Cuban situation & give full support to the Fair 
Play for Cuba Committee, The whole question of peace 
must be raised in each peace movement. Each peace 
movement must be taken in at it's own level as a group 
such as the 'Sane 1 peace movement. 



follows : 



"There are 3 basic dates for peace action as 
Veteran* Day, May 30, 1961 

The Declaration of Independence Day, July 4, 1961. 
Hiroshima Day in August. 

"The writing of letters to the President of the 
U.S. & other legislators on Peace must be encouraged on a 
mass scale also write to the Press. 



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stated that the CP must help 
build the Lind's meeting of Trade -Unionist on Peace & 
Flar Play for Cuba. 



stated that the Frlendte Service 
ft meeting on May 6, 196l; 

| American Friend's Service 

Committee in Pasadena, Calif., will be the speaker. He . 
is also available to speak to other groups if they 
contact him. 



stated that churches must; also 



be contacted both national & inter-national on the 
question of peace. Each local church minister in the 
community should be visited & urged to iniciate a campaign 
for peace. 



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be hel< 



I announced that a special CP will 
tha Jawiah Goamigsion at 

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on 1'iunuay, raay ±, xyo±> unis win oe lot an or . 
persons who are in right-wing Jewish organizations. 



ACTION: INDEX: 



Informant was thoroughly interviewed concerning 
this report and could furnish no additional information. 

All necessary action in connection with this 
memo has been taken by the writer. 



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TO: SAC, LOS ANGELES (100-55^99) DATE: 3/12/61 

FROM: SA 



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"A folk dance 
by members of 



is to be held at Studio City Center 
Jon May 6, 1961. All members, were 



told to read the book called Marxist-Leninist & that. before 
the summer there would be discussion of the first three, 
chapters of this book. A PKOPLE's WORLD Workshop will be 
held on May 13, I96I, at the Park Manor for discussion on 
how to build up the newspaper , pkopt.^'s wnprn. ^h*** in 
to be a farewell party given for i I 
I | afc the Carolina Pines on April 14 at. 7315 Melrose 
Ave . , L.A. There was a big argument about using the Carolina 
Pines for this affair as it was said that they discriminate 
against Negroes. The members wanted the committee to cancel 
this affair but it was decided that it was to late So do 
anything ahmit it at thlw t-ttat. Tt was also cimrAAmA fcfl held 



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It is noted that Informant ref-aj^ad tn t-.hg 
following individu als by first name onljT 



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Delay in channelizing was due to administrative 
assignaents on the part of the writer. 

Informant was thoroughly interviewed concerning 
this report and could furnish no additional information. 

All necessary action In connection with this 
nerao has been taken by the writer. 



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TO: SAG, U)S ANGELES (100-55499) DATk: 5/l6/6l 

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A peace petition wh inh- was to be circulated had 

not had enough section action ^ j bagan to n.hwnir nn what 

each club had done regarding tlTTs petition whe H 1 
interrupted and stated that work began on this petition many 
weeks ago in Los Angeles and was covered so thoroughly by so 
many organizations that everyone she spoke to in the Valley 
had already signed the petition or else had petitions of his 
own to be filled. 

The May Day meeting was announced to be held May, 
1961 j at the Zenda Ballroom on W. Jth St. in Lost Angeles. There 
was much comment on the fact that May 7 was not the correct 
date. It was mentioned that this was the only place available 
and the only date available. All present were urged to attend 
and to insure a large turnout at this meeting. 



I | then outlined tha seriou s concern felt 

by 'many at the revelation oi l [ membership 
i n the John Bi rch Society. He stated this is an indicatlon__ 
of | j vicioua character and calls for CP action. ! 

proposed a leaflet to be issued by the GP painting out tnaT 
by failing to d laclose thi s membership before the November, 
i960 , elections l fc ad deceived the electorate and should 

be considered a subject for recall by popular vote. 



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There were several objections saying that this 
would be playing into the hands of the John Birch Society, 
There was discussion that this type of action should be taken 
out through Democratic Clubs. Another individual stated 
that members of tht "Republican Party who are opposed to 
the John Birch Society ahAi-nri nnf ha mggrlooked for this, 
action with regard to| 



I I r /annT't.ori tha-h &knc) hnA been turned 

in on the PW fund drive l I reported that 

only abo ut ^5 seaso n tickets have been sold for the film 
festival J u rged an all out drive to sell tickets 

because if the series is a success the ARI will increase 
its pres ent support and another series is due in the fall, 
I | stated that the film festival can be a good way to 

raise money for "everything else we need." 



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pave a report on the PW news 

racks maintained by the Van Nuys CP Club in Studio City. 

She gave a complete report as to the number of papers put 

in ..the racks, those taken out., and the amount of money received. 



reported on a 



meeting held 3/26/61 at the Alexandria Hotel by the combined 
Jewish Cultural Clubs, They stated over a thousand persons 
attended. 

I [ mentioned tha£ art aJJ aftciilon educational 

conference was planned for 4/27/6l l l Thev will 

cover the first section of fundementals of Marxism -Lenin ism! 1 
Two moderators will lead off with summaries and there will 
be time for discussion. Every member is expected to read the 
material thoroughly. He stated this may be the most important 
aspect of educational work for sometime and will be followed 
by a series of classes in the field. 



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I ^\ noke about the sew members class, 

was told after some dlflrtiifiini mn fchai t-jhey will take place 

at af me future time bir fit 

| on procedures 1b ine meantime. 



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a M eoul searching" discussion of party work in general and 
each member's relation to it. She stated that the Studio 
City Club has a club which is very active in" mass organization 
but the club itself is not on the same par. 



| stated that the Van Nuys Club had 

discussed its organization in . some detail and said that 
members are f or the most part active. It was stated that 
I S hould be more aggressive in her PW work. 

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ACTION: 

Delay In channelizing was due to administrative 
assignments on the part of the writer. 

Informant w| ; s thoroughly interviewed concerning 
this report and could furnish no additional information. 



All necessary action in connection with this 
memo has been taken by the writer. 



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TO: SAC j LOS ANGELES (100-55499) DATE: 5/16/61 

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P-rHn-r -hrv -hho twof. iter If, waa ffltatftfi fehai: 



| ^cted as chairman. Among the items of 

current events was Laos, Cuba, and the EICHMANN trial. It was 
stated that the purpose of the trial was to recall to the world 
the persecution of Jews by the Nazis plus its revelation of 
the facts to the youth of the world who were unaware of the truth. 

. made references of a visit to her home 

by four writers who were en route ffora Israel to France. She b6 
stated from stories related to her by these writers that for 
EICHMANN there is no punishment to fit the crime. She stated 
that the entire trial and the manner in which it is being b/D 
conducted is to serve as a show case for EICKMAWN's revelations 
of his associates and their present whereabouts,. . So(ae of his 
former associates it waft mentioned now hold high offices in 
the Bonn Government. 



discussed the future prospect of 

East and wesr Germany. She stated that some of her 
friends who had recently been in both East and West 
Germany had several talks with members of our party in 
East Germany. These CP members stated that it will 
take 2 or 3 generations before East Germany can function 
by itself. They do not expect the two Germanies will ever 
be united. 



Jcollected PW fund drive money from 

some o f those present. I h entioned that she had 

vis ited" I that day. She left literature 

and l tavd |a chec k to give frd] f or 

dues and PW j 1 st a ted th a| | had contributed part 

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current which makes the club generally current as far as 
dues are concerned. 

I L rannrf-T? nm. the recent section council 

Meeting, i-fte matter o q | membership in the John 

Birch Society was approached through the Democratic Clubs 
and it was decided action was going on and a report will be 
given at the next section council meeting held on May 2, 1961. 
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Session for a few minutes before each club meeting in order b/D 
to Hake plans for an agenda. Each member is to come to 
club meetings prepared to give reports. Chairmanship for 



ACTION: 

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assignments on the part of the writer. 

Informant was thoroughly interviewed concerning 
this report and could furnish no additional information. 



All necessary action in connection with this 
memo has been taken by the writer. 



Executive of 
Church Raps 
Birch Group 

The chief executive officer 
of the United Presbyterian 
Church in the United States 
today had lashed out at Rob- 
ert Welch and his John Birch 
Society as exponents of "the 
"big lie" technique. \ 

Dr. Eugene Carson Blake 
totrTm^nT^Tn^Eorfe 
g e 1 e s Presbytery at West 
Adams Presbyterian Church, 
Southland churches, particu- 
larly Protestant, have been 
subjected to false charges 
that they had been infiltratde 
bulwark against communism' 
Stooges of McCarthy 

"It was Adolph Hitler who 
first perfected the technique 
of the 'big lie','* Blake said. 
"He proved that a falsehood 
repeated enough could brain- 
wash a whole people no mat- 
ter how absurd the falsehood 
might appear to the rational 
mind." 

The former Southern Cali- 
fornian, who was pastor of 
the Pasadena Presbyt e r i a n 
Church for 10 years before 
taking the top denominational 
post in Philadelphia in 1951, 
described the John Birch fol- 
lowers as ''Stooges of Senator 
McCarthy." 

"In effect "Welch says that 
you can't trust anybody— not 
the President, not the State 
Department, not the Army, 
not any politician, certainly 
not the newspapers or the 
preachers, therefore trust me. 
His argument to trust him is 
that he has a 'nose for Com- 
munists'." — 



JEm^Jd— JJestroy ££££dfun. 

lilake asserted "free pul- 
pits and free churches all 
across the land are the best 
by Communists, 
that the nation owns 

He urged his audience to 
"get off the defensive" and 
begin the attack in every 
church to show "our nation 
needs to be protected from 
those who in their fear of 
communism would destroy 
American freedom." 

Following Blake's address 
some 1000 delegates to the 
Presbytery meeting unani- 
mously adopted a resolution 
to protect church officers and 
ministers from "unfounded 
slanderous accusations." 

The resolution stated the 
Presbytery was not so much 
concerned at disruption the 
"usually old" accusations ac- 
complished. ' 

Action Is Urged 
' "But the Presbytery is 
greatly concerned that each 
church under its jurisdiction 
should perform active, intel- 
ligent work of .freedom and 
integrity in the community 
they serve." 

The resolution added that 
each Presbytery session take 
action "to strengthen its wit- 
nesses so that such organiza 
tions as local councils of 
churches, school boards, asso- 
ciations and other groups at- 
tempting to serve the com- 
munity and nation and sup- 
p o r t responsible American 
freedom may always find 
themselves strengthened by 
the United Presbyterian 
Church." 

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Hat e Jriday. M^r_12. 1961 
Section II, Page 9-B, Col. 2 

Van Nuys, California 

Edi t or Ferdlnam djlendenhall 

LOS ANGELES FIELD DIVISION 

REs JOHN BIRCH SOCIETY 
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Federal Bureau of Investigation 
13^+0 West 6th Street 
Los Angeles , California 

Gentlemen : 

As a loyal American I am deeply concerned about the grave 
menace Communism has become "to our country . 

The F.B.I, still inspires confidence and the respect it so 
justly deserves, and so I turn to you for guidance. 

What can I do to help my country and the world to free it- 
self from this evil? 

Can I be of service to the F.B.I. ? 

Has the F.B.I, an opinion of the John Birch society? 

Could the F.B.I, organize a group of loyal Americans under 
the able leadership of J. Edgar Hoover dedicated to the 
complete annihilation of Communism? 

How can we bring about the immediate passage of effective 
laws for the apprehension and punishment of all Communists 
under the jurisdiction of the United States as well as all 
Communist aliens, with or without diplomatic immunity, 
within our territorial limits? 

I would appreciate hearing from you at your earliest con- 
venience. 



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1340 West Sixth Street 
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Reference is Dade to your recent letter. 

Your kind cements concerning the Federal 
Bureau of Investigation are indeed appreciated as 
is your offer to be of assistance to this Bureau. 
Although I cannot authorise you to act in any 
official capacity for the Federal Bureau of Investi- 
gation, I want to assure you that citizens can be 
of great aid to us in our uork by making available 
information they acquire indicative of crioinal or 
subversive activities within our investigative 
jurisdiction. In this regard I am enclosing some 
material relating to ecoaunlsm which I hope will be 
of interest to you. You may also desire to consult 
your local public library f or material pertaining to 
cc^unlsm. 

With respect to your inquiry concerning the 
enactment of legislation, I :;ould like to advise that 
the policy of this Bureau over the years has been to 
refrain from commenting on such matters since they are 
t/ithln the purview of the United States Congress. I 
trust you can appreciate my position in this regard, 

Enclosures (2) - 1. "Communist Illusion & Democratic Reality" 

2. "What You Can Do to Fight Communism" 

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In connection with the organisation you 
mentioned in your letter, I must advise that the Federal 
Bureau of Investigation is strictly an investigative 
agency and information in our files is confidential and 
available for official use only. Furthermore, the 
Federal Bureau of Investigation makes no evaluations or 
ree ormiendations concerning the character or integrity of 
any organisation, individual or publication. You should 
not interpret our inability to furnish any cosmient as 
imp lying that we do or do not have information in our 
files concerning the subject of your inquiry. 

Very truly your a, 



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contacted the office and advised that he has Recently 
become interested in learning about the Communist menace* 

He said he has heard ROBERT WELCH of the JBS speak, 
and has heard some persons efcfctieise WEfiCH and the JBS* 
He wanted to know if the JBS was backed by the CP or if it 
was really anti Communist* 



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confidential and that no information can be passed out to 
&h© public by the prt * hv virt ue of Presidential Directive* 
Writer added that | 1 should not infer from this 

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| ald that he holds meetings at his home 

from ^ywBT^S^TTwBr^Tg-f- urhlMt V»o y\1 orra t-nrxAa rtf* t&lkS given by 



WELCH*! I This is done 

for the JHU'PoJft oT merging cntsso pwopx« TO un© danger of 
Communism* He asked writer if it would be possible for writer 
to appear at one of these gatherings and talk about the CP* 



Writer advised this was not possible, however if he 
was interested in an IH3I speaker /he should write/ to the 
SAC with this request, submit three alternate dates, type of 
his organization, no* of persons expected* and location of 
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Oppose Methods 
iof Birch Society 

A resolution opposing 
methods of - the John Birch 
Society, controversial- L anti- 

, Communist organization, 
was approved Monday by 
delegates attending' the. Jun- 
ior Statesmen of America 
convention at the Hunting- 
ton-Sheraton. 

Another resolution, recom- 
mending the gradual halt of 
U.S. foreign aid, was over- 
whelmingly defeated by the 
Junior Statesmen, represent- 
ing high schools throughout 

1 the state. The meeting end- 
eA .Monday night with a ban- 
quet attended by 150 defle- 

■ gkes and about. '200 oth|r 
students. \ 



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To Los Angeles Examiner: 

TTOW could any proud \ 
American be anything ; 
but ashamed over the dis- I 
missal of Maj.-Gen. Edwin ■ 
A. Walker? ; 

since when is it a crime 
to teach and preach Ameri- \ 
canism? \ 

And how can our Fresl- ! 
dent take the word of the [ 
"oversexed" Oversea s i 
Weekly in preference to 
that of a decent American - 
officer? 

This action is a disgrace./ 
MRS. JEAN DAVIS, I 
San Gabriel. 

Unjust 

To Los Angeles Examiner: ; 

The issue over Maj.-Gen.j 
Edwin A. Walker seems an : 
attempt to destroy him fori 
showing his soldiers why 
America is worth ■ fighting j 
for, ■ -\ 

. His inclusion of the book, 1 
"The Life of John Birch,"; 
had nothing to do with the \ 
Birch Society. ■{ 

He also included "Masters 
of Deceit" by J. Edgar! 
Hoover and many others] 
that sincere Americans | 
would do well" lo read. . I 

It all boils down to; 
whether we shall allow | 
Gen. Walker to be perse-; 
cuted, or speak up like the \ 
Communists do. 

What dc tes it tak e to wake | 
us up— an A-Bomb? 1 

MRS. F. D. 



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Society 
Condemned 

Students Hit 
Group's Method 

A resolution condemning, the 
John Birch society was adopted 
yesterday by the California 
Junior Statesmen of America 
at the closing session of its 
three-day convention .in the; 
Huntington-Sheraton Hotel. 

Later, the group heard 
Richard Rogan,, chief deputy 
attorney general, criticize ~ 
the society and label it a i 
challenge to youth. 

The vote on passage was 65' 
to 7, with 17 delegates ab- 
staining. 

Some 400 high school stu- 
dents attended the convention. 

The resolution was introduc- 
ed by John- Todd, of the con- ' 
verttion's' host San Marino 
High School chapter. The vote 
followed only. 15 minutes of de- 
bate, during which ho speak- 
er defended the methods of the si 
anti-Communist society." | 

Todd's resolution condemned \< 
the methods and goals of the 
Birch group, but the San Ma- , 
rinp student accepted an , 
amendment deleting reference | 
to goals to make it clear that r 
the Junior Statesmen also; 
were opposed to Communism. J 

Continuing ' their legislative! 
session the students: rejected! 
a proposal to abandon foreigrJ 
aid programs, rejected a pro] 
posal advocating legalization 
of abortions, rejected a pro-! 
posal advocating merging of 
the Army and Air Force, and 
rejected a r esolution c alling foe rt 
sessions of c me" atate Legisla-* *' 
ture concurrent with Congres- 
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1 Governor-elect Joe Allen, 16, 
sopho more from El Cerrito ; 
'High bchooi, said that if there 
has been, a boom in either 
conservatism or liberalism on 
high school' campuses, 'T ! 
haven't seen it" 

Rogan, who spoke during 
the evening in the Viennese , 
Room, accused members of ' 
the John Birch Society of 
spinning a web of fantasy 
"so that its members will 
neither have to face reality 
nor will they have to think 
about it." 

The chief deputy attorney 
general said "Every nation 
has a particular ■ gift, a par- 
ticular genius, which it gives 
to the world. The. American 
genius is political. 

"The only saintly iigure thifl 
nation has. ever produced waj. 
AbriUiam Lincoln, a politiciarij 
The '(American nation • is th| 
. nnlvftnatio n b ased on the po- 



Iitical, creed. It is a practical 
statement and a political state- 
ment* It does not call updta the; ! 1 
philosophy and ideologr or t-U 
theory to prove why | merit rri 
shoull form this type of-jgov; tC^ 
ernment, |f 

"Unfortunately, while there, 
has never been a greater need 
for the practical political 
genius of America, Americans 
are turning away from this 
very concept. Many Americans 
are trying to erect an Amer- 
ican fantasy, a national un- 
changeable ideology and in- 
definable but tightly binding 
orthodoxy called Americanism 

Millions of Americans, well 
housed, well clothed and well 
fed, are turning to a fantasy 
where you are fitted with a 
set of poloroid glasses which 
allow you to receive the liberal 
or the conservative view with- 
out thinking. 

"The John Birch Society is 
probably the most vociferous. 
Here is a band of people that 
questions many of our Amer- 
ican institutions and spins a 
web of fantasy so that its 
members will neither have to 
face reality nor will they have 
to think about it. This is the 
real challenge to our youth— 
to prove that the American 
system will \vorl£_3Js a prac- 
tical form, ^IfoT a binding 
ideology." 




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in my home that evening and the following conversation took place. 

V/§:-were discussing book selection policies and I brought up the 
fact that there was a great deal of interest in the field of Communism, 
and that the library should provide reliable material on this subject. 
She agreed, but stated that, this was an area in which the Librarian 
should exercise a. great deal of caution. I had ordered from the 
Bureau a copy of br. Fred 3chwarz T s book YOU CAN TRUST THE COKKUNIoTS . 
This is not a book that the Bureau keeps in stock, however they do 
purchase items requested by libraries . if there . is approval of the 
selection. She commented that though - she let my order go through, she 
had discussed the book. with. some people in intelligence, and that 
many parts of the book were misleading and inaccurate. She did not 
specify what parts and .-added that after all he was an' Australian, and 
perhaps didn ! t catch the significance of Communism as related to the 
U.S. 

She stressed the fact that material, should be objective and 
documented, and to this I agree, but I do not feel that writers 
such as Schlesinger, Galbraith, Arthur Miller, Clinton Rossiter, 
Mitchell Wilson and many others can.be considered objective. Obvieusly 
she did, as the Bureau is always hasty in sending these selections 
on an automatic distribution. 

On my book shfe&f at home' were the following personal books. The ■ 
Pentagon Case, The : Naked Communist, The Roosevelt myth, Up from 
Liberalism, and some other conservative publications. She made the 
statement that the Fentagon case- was completely undocumented (not 
too suprising as it was a noyel ) and that the author had spent several 
years in a mental institution, having just recently been released. 
I explained that the book was my personal property, and that it had 
been recommended to me by others to read. I had done so, and found it 
most frightening. She said it was completely untrue, the whole book was 
simply lies. In relation to books such as the. Roosevelt Myth and 
the Yalta Betrayal which I had, she commented that there was no point 
in providing books that "played up"; the mistakes of the past, and 
cast doubts on previous leaders and policies. That we were living 
in 1961, and digging up "the past was' not constructive to our present 
situation. I commented that by studing the past we often found guides^ 
to the solution of present and future problems. 

She expressed the view that at the Bureau they found it more 
difficult to fight the rightests than the communists. That there 
were many groups in the U.S. that were doing more harm than good in 
their attempts to combat communists, .vhen I asked what groups she^ ref ersd| 
to she named the John Birch society. She mentioned that their list 
of books called One Hundred SfcepS'ito freedom which are a selection 
of books relating to Communism were, with very few exceptions, 
unreliable, inaccurate and had no place in the Library. She also ^ 
mentioned that there were two . publishers primarily responsible for 
this type oiff publication - Devin-Adair and the Bookmailer, and she 
obviously was not in sympathy with their publications. 



May 29, 1961 



Federal Bureau of Investigation 

13UQ West 6tb Street 

Los Angeles 17, California 



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I do not know if the enclosed statement 
will be of any interest, to the Depart- . 
ment or not, but I was advised by some- 
one whose judgment I. respect very much, 
to send it to you . 



is a personal, friend of mine 
anu ruidLhiu Lhese things tD me by phone 
and then typed the statement at my re- 
quest after I was advised to send these 
facts to you. 

Very sincerely yours, 



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MARTHA MIHDELIN introduced the speaker, Mr. B LEASE, 
ACLTJ lobbyist at Sacramento. He renewed current bills in the 
stat?e legislature stressing th© need for wore letters on 
civil rights. He stated that the John Birch Society sstabers : 
have intensive letterwriting campaigns 4$ the present urging 
repressive legislation concerning the outlawing of the CP, 
loyalty oaths, and inability to use public school auditoriums 
without loyalty statements. He stated that the legislature 
is also engrossed with narcotics and if not stopped by public 
pressured will enact laws making it illegal to give caugh 
syrup to children or give a sleeping pili, when common sense - 
indicates such measures to be' beneficial. He continued that 
he is opposed to laws asking maximum stateness mandatory 
which obviate a judge's usiqg his own discretion. The G^han 
Law was being attacked s a move whi&h he felt is a cloak for 
police activity to eliminate laws curbing their use of 
clandestine means of obtaining evidence. 

During the discussion period it was proposed that the 
WLA set up a committee to initiate legislation in regard to 
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All necessary action in connection with this memo 
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"Fair" Play for Cuba Committee, park Manor Hotel, 
May 5, 1961, 60% S. Western Ave., L.A. 

"Audience: between 350 & 40G (police officers 
present inside & out). 

"Donation: $1.00 

"Speaker: SIBLEY LENS: 'Democracy or Dictatorship - 
Cuba ' . 

"MARTIN HALL: I'm so glad to see so Many of you here 
tonight. . . .it isn't my place to open the meeting tonight but- 
I have to say, if just proves that we all must do something 
about Joining forces. . .Dr. LEWIS and I thought the Pair Flay 
for Cuba Cooraijbltee was going to have a good chance, to let the 
TV audience know, just what is going on in Cufea, when we were 
to appear on a Ilocal TV program,. it was agreed that there 
would not^be any personalities attacked during the program 
but it had a bad beginning and ended even worse... Gov. KNIGHT, 
who wasn't even, supposed to be on the prbgram was given a 
chance to speak^ first about a bill that had just been passed 
that morning, that would require the flag salute in all 
California schools, at least once during the day... the audience 
was packed with John Birchers {boos and hissing) and after 
KNIGHT got through talking, there was still another wan who 
had been plant^S to ask tae if I would salute the flag.... and 
another woman had been planted in the rear of the room, with 
an American flag rolled up in herhand . . then she held it up, 
with the help of other Birchers and asked me to salute .. .well, 
I did salute the flag when I became a citizen of this country 
and I wight say, that at this time I'm ashamed of our 
government and. I have pledged to the flag on a number of other 
occasions in schools and colleges across the country but X 
refused to be ipsulted by a papced program of people when there 
had been an agreement to just let us talk on the subject of Cuba. 

r "I had scarcely made my opening remarks saying 
that the Cuban people remained loyal to CASTRO Instead of 
defecting, and joining the rebels... it proves that the Cuban 
people are happy with their new freedom given to them by the 
CASTRO revolution. .otherwise why would they stick with CASTRO? 
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"Now I- would like to introduce a charming lady, a 
Cuban, who has watched her countrymen deceived and, betrayed 
by imperialist KENNEDY and the GIA machine ; .She has a few 
words to say. (did not get her name) 

"Cuban: It is so heartwarming to see so. many 
of you her, e tonight to hear Mr. LENS tell you about fthat 
is really happening to ay people. They have lived for 
so Many years : under the dictatorship of BATISTA, who was 
working all jthe y time with American imperialists, taking 
all of our money, our liberties and our dignity. ..all 
they care abput\is exploitation of Cuba ... JI& CROW and 
segregation has ended now and my people are beginning to 
really live for- the first time in their lives . ..good 
schools and decent housing have nsver existed before 
for the Cuban people and that's why they will always be 
loyal to FIDEL' CASTRO and the revolution. 

"I am so glad to be able to work with the 
Pair Play for Cuba Committee. „ .we need money to print 
lots of leaflets to tell the Americans how happy the 
Cubans are and -to help keep it that way. After Mr. &ENS 
is through I will tell you more about our needs. 

"SIM^Y. LENS; This wonderful crowd, tonight 
demonstrates the, kind of loyalty that comes from the 
working people of America. . .these days we hear a lot 
about loyalty oaths and pledging allegiance to the flag 
which only amounts to a lot of words being repeated. .we 
Americans are told that we can't trust the Russians or 
the Communists .that they won't keep their word... that 
they only make treaties to break them but what has been 
going on in our own government circles. . .the Teports 
from Washington ~ were that we dod not send the U-2 over 
Russia knd then they said that we did... is that telling 
the truth? The HCtTA goes through all sorts of motions 
tp round up the communists and now the John Blrchers are 
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?BtitV:W^^ at 
the liberals . .to make them obedient .. /to wake them take loyalty 
oaths and salute the flag... it reminds me of a story and I 
don't xean to be £unny, because the things that are happening 
these days are not very funny. . .up in Canada there is a group 
who call themselves the Ducaboors and their way of showing 
protest is to take off their clothes .. .there is ho intention 
of sex involve^, it's just their way of protesting an 
issue. . .well, anyway, one flay one of these Ducaboor fellows 
had his store robbed and he called a policeman. ... of , course 

he took off his- clothes first thing, so the officer said he 
would have to take him to Jail and that 1 s when the chase began . . 
The $ueaboor ^aa like made, with the cop behind him..., but 
the cop couldn't keep up with him, so he too began to shed 
his clothes as he ran in pursuit until finally he too 
was stark naked ... this enabled him to run faster and he 
finally caught up with the Ducaboor .and this just proves 
that you can't fell the cops from the vicjfcim (loud laughter) 
now it looks to. me as though we can't tell our government 
officials from the communists .. .they don't keep, their word 
either .. .ttaey told us that the revolution in Cuba was a fight 
between the Cubans and there wouldn't be any intervention 
by the U.S. .....but we know very well that the anti-CASTRO 

Cubans in Miami were given all their signals and equipment 

by the CIA and J wonder if we will ever know how much money 

was made available to the CIA... why not an investigation of the CIA? 

"Two years ago, the U.S. was favorable to CASTRO 
but since that .time, the; press has molded American sentiment 
in the opposite.^ direction, maybe not with outright lies, but 
certainly a one-sided picture. . .our press said there could toe 
no invasion of Cuba by the U.S. when they knew at the very same 
time that the -anti -CASTRO forces had training bases both here 
and in Central America. ,. .isn't this behavior on the part 
of our government and our press just aa bad as the communists. 

"The Cuban revolution had to be. . . .The Cubans 
have Uved under 1 the tyranny of BATISTA, aided and abetted 
by the Piatt Amendment .which gave the tJ.S. the right to intervene 
in Cuban affairs whenever in it's opinion Cuban independence 
was threatened .what they really meant was whenever the 
imperialists interest were in danger of being taken over by the 
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"tinder^dictator BATISTA.it was much easier for 
the U.S. to xsonfyol their vast interests , with no 
necessity to account Cor wages, or expense accounts. . .the 
Americans could" buy big new cars or a mansion pr Uve and 
entertain in tne luxury hotels and no one needed to know 
how much it cost. ..and at the same time, the Cubans were 
not allowed to integrate socially or to benefit from tfie 
fruits of their own land... there are only about 6 million 
Cubans and the islands are capable of supporting 40,000 Billion. 

"EISEtJHOWEB touched off the fuse when he embargoed 
sugar... with 8o# of Cuba's exports on sugar they had to find 
someplace to export and CASTRO figured that if Russia was 
willing to, take, their sugar in exchane f or oil,. then that would 
be the thing to do and he has been sorely criticized by the 
U. S. and accused of joining up with the communists,. 

"Under BATISTA the Workers were employed only 
about 3 months of the year but since the revolution they are 
now working 12 months with a concrete house, schools and 
medical aid . .J j 

"And,^his reminds me of another story. . .about a 
young boywho.vfas standing out in the rain... his father 
came along and. asked the boy why he was standing in the 
rain getting soaked... the boy said he was waiting. for JOE*., 
the father said that JOE had gone home 15 minutes ago. . .40 
the boy said he was waiting for a friend of JOE' s.... so 
the father said he had better Just go on home and get out of 
the rain. ... .it was then that the father was told that the 
boy was standing on a dime and wouldn't go home until 
everyone else on the street had left. : ! 

"And that is just what CASTRO is doing... he has 
one foot firmly plajnted on the millions of dollars that the 
Cubans want to ipeep for their own., they don't, want it to go 
off their islands with United Fruit, Texaco, the. big 
plantation owners and all the reist of . the imperialists who have 
-made millions and millions of dollars while keeping the Cubans 
in poverty and filth. * .little wonder then that there is less and 
less resistance' to communism on the part of Cubans. . .they feel 
that communists can't be so bid if they will help and the 
U. S. will not. 



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"If a medal could be given for recruiting the greatest 
number of mem bers for the communists, It would not be given 
to Mr. KHRUSCHEV and it wouldn't be given to STALIN - even he 
could be ressureeted. . .it would h^ve to be given to KENNEDY, 
EISENHOWER , and Mr. DULLES of the CIA, (thunderous applause, 
whistles and cheers from audience ).. .and I wonder what our 
Quaker friend NIXON would be doing if he was in the White 
House now. ... . . (boos ) . . , of course, NIXON never does anything 

unless it is legal and here lies the danger .. ,with the Ouantanomo 
base in Cuba, it wouldn 1 t take raueh. . perhaps an American killed 
or some such thing, that cou3d touch off a very real war. 

"But does America dare to start a war in Cuba and 
send thousands of our boys into what would probably.be mostly 
guerrilla warfare? American boys who would ask why they were 
fighting and never get a straight answer ... .and that would just 
be the beginning of a war that America couldn. 1 1 stop,.* it is 
not Just a matter of mopping up a little squabble in Cuba... it 
would almost immediately involve Mexico and then South America 
because we have" count less numbers of ASTRO friends in all of 
Latin America, ..this Just simply could not be allowed to happen. 
NIXON wanted armed invasion as long $go as April, 1959* 

"It seems to me that as things stanpl at this point 
that KENNEDY should be impeached (loud applause) and the CIA 
kicked out after making an accounting of the vast amount of 
money they have spent betraying us ancj Cuba.. . .and we should get 
rid of BOBBY KENNEDY, too. (applause) 

J'For far too long, our S&ate Dept. has favored 
CHIANG KAI (loud boos and hissing) who has elections 

but without any, opposition on Formosa. « .the State Dept. has 
given more than a billion dollars to FRANCO. . . the list of 
dictators, that phe State Dept. has played ball with is lengthy 
but they can't tolerate CASTRO because the American, interests 
will suffer , which boils down to the same old imperialistic 
tactics .. .too few wanting too much. . .and this is exactly what 
CASTRO does not want... he wants all Cubans to have a life of 
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"CA£fr?RO proved his point ©ee day shortly after the 
Invasion from our own Florida coast, when a group of rebels 
were trying to capture -25 Cuban antl-CASTRO men up In the 
mountains. . .CASTRO took out his raegaphone and talked to the 
Cubans for about 25 minutes and then raarched away with the 
25 Cubans who liad been persuaded to join the revolution. . .so 
you see, CASTRij. is very persuasive and if given a change to 
talk to the Cubans, can readily convince raost of them that 
they will be much better off by remaining with hiia. 

."Cuba is now a Socialist country. . .or they ean 
have any other f ism' they want, . . we raust become wore 
revolutionary here, more democratic. . „ we sua t help Cuba, 
not destroy it. ♦ . . 

"A collection of $264 was taken from the 
audience before the question and answer period began. 

. n Q.*V. .Will CASTRO have free elections in Cuba? 

"A..,-^.; .Yes, I really feel that he will eventually 
but right now he is afraid of mass iynchings . . . it is 
important '"to first teach the Cubans to read and write-., 
high school students are going up In the mountains to teach. 

"Q.T.Po the Cubans dislike Aiaericans?. 

"A.o.Pd like to set you all straight on that 
fee ling. they do like the American people.. .but they do 
not like Elg^HQWER, KENNEDY, the CIA mercenaries or 
the State Bept . * . in order .words, they don't like our 
government any more than we do. 

"Q. . oYou said that there is no more discrimination 
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"A.*. I have been quite concerned about many of the 
executions and have sent a message to FIDEL to be more cautious., 
as far as the priests are concerned, if they are against .^e 
revolution, they musfy be punished, but I don't think th&y .' v ' 
should all be executed » I am opposed to capital punishment... 
we fought to jap the life of CHESSMAN* , „ . .it is being carried 
too far in Cuba! 

"Q. . .'Ire there any trade unions in Cuba now? 

t .. . 

"A. , .No, not yet, but there probably will be later. 
"Q....IS Cuba communistic? 

"A. ..So, I would say it isn' t. „ Ghana says it is 
socialistic, so- does Switzerland and so does NASSER so it must 
be. 

n Q..,jSow could we help Cuba and Latin America? 

"A* . .By developing the, latin American countries. . . 
X Ijhink we should do it on a 5°"5° basis with ©nana. . .we 
\Sfeould put up half the money and let them put up the other 
half... we should tell our gov't. 'don't rob them, deal with CASTR. ' 

"Q...Bid the 0.3. finance the uprising in Hungary? 

"A... That's a long story and if you want me to 
answer it, you .will lave to ask me back another evening., 
it would take that long. 

"Q..Jttll the U.S. leave CASTRO alone? 

"A. ..HO. 

"Q...Are there any 'FRANCO 1 priests in Cuba? 

"A... 'Yes; there are probably a great many and they 
are all anti-CAStfRu. (l"he woman sitting next to me said 
•if FRANCO had been 7 executed, millions of lives could have 
been saved . ) 



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"Q, . .What would help CASTBO most now? 

"A... There are three things that should be cone 
right away.. .the U.S. should re-open sugar trade because 
anyone knows that sugar is the one erop that grows best" 
in Cuba and without the U, S. Cuba is in real trouble ... 80% 
of Cuba's exports are sugar, and most of it went to the U.S, 
jplus the faet that 75$ of Cuba's imports case from the U.S. 
1... Sunless Cuba finds a substitute market elsewhere, tens 
of thousands of ©ubans will literally reaeh the starvation point 

"Second, lift the travel ban and third/ send 
in the Peace Corps to operate along peaceful Quaker lines... 
(loud applause) . . »we ought to criticize Cuba as friendly 
partisans but not as belligerent opponents .. .we raust be" 
more revolutionary. . .we pay even have to start a counter- 
revolution. . .Washington is building up a ailitary with, the 
help of the Birehers thit will make the American people obedient 
and let »e tell you this when EXSENHCj^SR went into the White 
House, there were ©nl£ about 1300 men in t^e Military with a., 
rank above raajor.o.but when IKE left the White House, there 
were ever 4000? afoov© the rank of major with retired generals 
and adwirals all over the country. . . we must keep a careful 
eye on this situation. . ; we say have to intervene with ; our 
own guns. 

w Q...How can the u\S, be so ignorant as to c^demn 
CASTRO? ■ 

"A. ..I think CASTRO answered that question when 
he was arrested ba£k in 1952 when he said, 'History- will 
absolve we. ' 

. .Why is CASTRO against the Catholic priests? 

"A,.. I would answer this way. . .things in Cuba are 
such that the people would rather have their bellies full than 
get down on their knees to pray.,. so this puts the priests out 
of a Job. 



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"And I will conclude by saying that we had better 
all join the social revolution or we die in the process, 
(loud applause) 

"A petition was circulated directed to KENNEDY > 
requesting sugar trade for Cuba and lifting the travel ban. 

"Young student about l8 p sitting behind me said, 
'It's too late.oothere just isn't any hope for our government 
in Washington . „ .they've sold us d^wn the river. what can we 
do? We can't join up with Bus a ia and I'ra not at all sure about 
C ASTRO ■ . ... there just isn't any hope,,' 

"A huge banner was hanging above the stajg$: Hands 

Off Cuba. 

"The following telegram was read at the meeting 
and is reprinted on front page of April 28, 196X, issue 
of WORKERS WORLD, 

"Sent by ROBERT WILLIAMS, to be conveyed to 
ADLAI STEVENSON. 

"'Now that the United States has proclaimed 
military support for people willing to rebel against 
oppression, oppressed Afro -Americans in the South 
urgently request tanks, artillery, bombs, a^oney, use 
of American airfields and white mercenaries to crush 
the racist tyrants who have betrayer-tine. American. 
Revolution and Civil War . 

"'We also request prayers for this noble 
undertaking! ' 

"signed -ROBERT F, WILLIAMS" 



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The informant obtained the following literature 
at the above affairs 

1. '-SIDNEY, hms article "Fellowship". 

page 9 t issue of March 1,1961.. 

2. Reprint "The A fro -American" October 1, i960 
article "Cuba. Has Solution to Rase. Problem". 

3. The "Young Socialist" April, 1961 article 
"Cuban students Run Their University" Page 4. 

4. The Militant April 24, 1961 "Stope the 
Crime Against Cuba",. 

5. 11th Annual Festival. of Nationalities June 11, 
✓ 1961 a notice sponsored by . LACFKB. 

6. "Celebrate the Cuban Taetory " May 6, 196l 
'Notice at '415 North Geneseef" | 

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7. "New York 1 Times". December 4, i960 article 

"New Look for Cuba" by ELEANOR ' ROOSEVELT . 

8. "in Defense of the Cuban Revolution" an answer- . 

to' the State Department and THEODORE DRAPER 

by JOSEPH HANSEH , Pioneer Publishers May 21, 196I. 

9. "Workers World" April 28, 1961 artisal "Whole 
World Calls 'US Aggressor -. ' 

10. "New America" January 24, 1961 "Binding Ties" 
and "Hands Off Cuba publication of Socialist 
Party - Soeial Democratic Federation 



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ACTION 

Informnt was thoroughly interviewed concerning 
the above and could add nothing further. 

All necessary action in connection with this memo 
has been taken by the writer. 



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"May 9, 1961 

"In front of the Zenda Ballroom in Los Angeles, 
California, during the course of the May Day meeting 
sponsored by. the Bnited May &ay Committee, at which 
ELIZABETH OTRLEY FLYNN was the main speaker, May 7 , 1961, 
at 7:00 p.m., a number of young people, who were identified 
as UCLA (University of California at Los Angeles) students 
and affiliated -with or sympathetic tfi thft Tnhn ttjLrch Society, 



wf*T*ft having a hpatpri HI ap. Tiflfll on wit 



and with 



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[stated these young people had been 

evictea From Tne meeting because they were creating, a 



disturbance, and they had come down to the sidewalk to try 
to win ..the support of these young people . 

"From what I was able to hear, the young people 

iiTmll Infrminnrt rm thn maaaij ion Of Communism and 

a difficult time in" 



were 
gave 

raising a number or questions around constitutional points 
and fehf roleof the Communist Party internationally. 

"At the time the meeting broke up I observed the 
following leaving the Zenda Ballroom: 



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ACTIONS 

Informant was thoroughly interviewed cone em ing 
this report and could furnish no additional information. 

All necessary action in connection with this 
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The State aiid John Birch 

i 

Americans On Guard is in possession of a com- 
munication dated April 12, 1961, from Governor Pat 
Brown giving his reflections on the John Birch So- 
ciety from which this paragraph is quoted: t 
"I have asked Stanley Mosk, the Attorney Gen, 
eral of California, to study the methods and motive: 
of the group only because I consider some of its pub 
lished views to be potentially inconsistent with th< 
democratic process." 

From this communication we of ! r 
Americans On Guard assume that | 
the Attorney General is looking in, j 
to the John Birch Society and be-j | 
cause of a previous speech by the- t 
Attorney General we feel that At- , 
torney General Mosk in all prob- , 
ability has undertaken an invest!- i 
gation of the society before the i 
communication from Governor Pat 
Brown. j 

We base this conclusion on a ; 
speech given by the Attorney' 
General before the Tuolumne 
County Chamber of Commerce on 
March 27, 1961, in Sonora, Mosk, 
in this speech, outlined six ways 
to spot fanatics and in conclusion 1 

said: ^ \ _ 

' Apply those six tests, and you' 
will avoid entangling membership! 1 
with, and contributions to, s u c h 
groups as the American Nazi Par- 
ty, the Communists, the Ku Kluxj 
KUn, the John Birch Society, the 
Cinema Educational Guild, the 
Muslims (of Islam), and others of 
that type." 

The Attorney Gessrsi "IT a s 
thrown the John Birch Society in 
to quite an infamous group of or- 
ganizations. 



■ - 

zens oflfiis _^ 

conclusions drawn HosrN^ti 
Mosk as the result of his inquiries 
as requested by the Governor, i 
Mr. Mosk has always been a< 
great advocate of civil liberties- 
and cringes at any "guilt by asso-i 
eiation." i 
This paper certainly does not I 
accept Mr. Mosk's characteriza-i 
tion of the society which up toj 
this time is only guilty by associa- ! 
tion and this guilt by association! 
label is clearly perpetrated by 
one who proclaims to be one of 
the staunchest defenders against 
such actions. 

The Attorney General in his 
speech in Sonora gave the Cali- 
fornia citizens his own "do-it-your- 
self kit" on how to spot fanatics. 
His six points are as follows: 

"DOES IT ATTACK churches 
find schools with blanket accusa- 
tions?" 

"Does it attack other traditional 
American institutions with wild,! 
unsupported charges?" | 

"Does it label everyone unAmei i 
can or subversive with whom it 
disagrees politically?" [ 

"Does it try to rewrite modern 
history by blaming American! 
statesmen for wars, Communism,! 
depressions and all the other ills] 
of the world?" j 

"Does it resott to erode pres-i 
fcure tactics by such means as 
anonymous phone calling and let- 
ter writing campaigns?" 

"Do the spokesmen for the group 
appear more interested in the 
size of their money collections 
than in the principles they pur- 
port to espouse?" 

The San Diego Union of March 
30, 1961, in an editorial claims 
that Mosk's "home remedy*? will 
Wot spot communists. f ! 

The San Diego Union editorial 
.is printed herein. f 

'"ATTORNEY GENEBAL Stan- J , 

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ALL INFORMATION 
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ley Mosk has devised six test, 
says will help loya 



He asks if an organization re- 
sorts to crude pressure tactics. 
Americans determine if *orgar vtsslyh£ _C onnmunists prefer to exert 



Hons are extremist and "should influ ^ nce 
be suspect by loyal Americans." 8 rou P s 

Mr. Mosk says citizens who ap- 
ply his formula will avoid entan- 
glements with subversives 
both the radical left and 
radical right? 

In his attempt to expose right- 
wing extremism, Mr. Mosk ignores 1 
the paramount danger from t h e 
left. A literal interpretation of his 1 
tests would leave Californians with,' 
few methods of detecting Red sub- 
version. 

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Democracy faces constant 
challenges from the Communists 
on the left and the Fascists on the 
right. But they differ widely in 
their methods of approach. 

Mr. Mosk's plan may be help- 
ful m examining the right but let 
us apply his home remedy to 
Communist infiltration. He asks if 
an organization attacks schools 
and churches with blanket accusa- 
tions. The Communists do not. 
Their methods are more subtle, j 
He asks if an organization at- 
tacks traditional American institu- 1 
tions with wild, unsupported 
charges. The Communists do not. 
They prefer to infiltrate legiti- 
mate institutions. 

He asks if an organization tries 
to rewrite modern history by blam- 
ing American statesmen for wars, 
communism, depression or other 
ills. Obviously, the Communists do 
not always do this. They prefei 
LuHfication with American he 



He asks if an organization labels 
opponents un-American or subr 
from, versive. The Communists do some- 
t h e: times. Usually they do not. 

Finally he asks if spokesmen 
appear more interested in money 
collections than principles. The 
Communists obviously are not. 

Mr. Mosk*s tests obviously are 
aimed at the radical right. De- 
spite his years of association with 
the liberal left, he fails to recog- 
nize the Communists' subtle pat- 
tern of infiltration, 
. We would recommend that Mr. 
•Mosk borrow a few tests from a 
man more familiar with subver- 
sive techniques — J. Edgar Hoov- 
er, director of the Federal Bureau 
of Investigation, Mr. Hoover asks: 
Does the organization espouse 
the cause of Soviet Russia? Does 
it shift when the party line shifts? 

Does the organization represent 
itself to be nonpartisan, yet en- 
gage in political activities and 
consistently advocate causes fa- 
vored by the Communists? 

Does the organization utilize 
Communist double talk by refer- 
ring to Sovietvdominated countries 
as democracies, complaining that 
the United States is imperialistic?! 

Does the organization, if espous- 
ing liberal, progressive causes, at- 
tract well known, honest, p a^tio^ 
liberals, or does H denounce well- 



known liberals? ! 

Mr. Mosk calls himself a liberal. ; 
Yet his tests would east suspicion] 
upon those who "attack schools] 
and churches." We oppose un-j 
called-for attacks, but we do re-j 
spect the right of all Americans! 
to be critical. i 
This type of doctrine not only! 
ignores the true nature of atheis-| 
tic Communist infiltration, it also 
should cause concern for ell hon- 
est liberals.'* 



I such as AbrahamJLincoJn. < 



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ffeorge Tocff's Opinion 



iring of Gen. Walker 



™Jf* is a commi3tl failing of many people tp 
CHIANG KAI-SHEK, Smjiet Russia in China: 

How does an outstaying ^'aboWoBlTg^ 
American military jsom- ati/m » 
mander fall victim to " 
r e pu table 
news rag in 
G e r many 
and lose his 
c ommand? 
Shades of 
"The Penta- 
gon Case," by 
Col. Victor J. 
Fox! 

How is it 
possible that 
the word of 




Todt 

the gallant general is com- 
pared with that of a weird 
ex-aide of Paul Josef Goeb- 
bels' Nazi propaganda min- 
istry by the present Admin- 
istration—and our man 
comes out on the short end 
of the stick? 

How come? Does the 
White House know about 
this matter? Hmm? 

Some incredible happen- 
ings have been going on in 
Germany recently and the 
American public ought to 
know the facts. 

General Edwin A. (Ted) 
Walker, U.S.A., was the com- 
mander of our well-trained 
24th Infantry Division there. 
He is a man of proven valor, 
a great administrator and 
morale among enlisted per- 
sonnel has been tops. 

Some Se© Red 

, Some time ago he insti-, 
tuted a pro-American indoc- 
trination course among his 
j troops. It was called the 
! "Pro-Blue Program." 

The color "blue" soon be- 
came controversial with a 
"liberal" commercial news- 
paper j^The_OyereeasWeek-, 
■lv. It has Been dubbed 
"The Oversexed Weekly" be- 
cause of its lurid treatment 
ofacrime and sex. , 

■ : The reason this sorry r »p- 
reientative of the press ibb- 
jei ted to Walker's usage pf 
the color "blue" in his pro- 
gram was actually what 
"liberals" are alwa ys yelp- 



, xou see, these egghead 
"liberals" in the "Overseas 
Weekly" had heard that the 
official publication of the 
John Birch Society was 
Earned "The Blue Book." 
This caused cogitation of 
the brain. 

Now just about anybody 
with at least an i.q. of 40 
ought to be able to put two- 
and-two together. At leas 
that rmich^obviojjsly, 

~13pse near-geniuses, of the 
h#iatic left, there was dbly 
one interpretation for it all. 
"Pro-Blue" and "Blue Book" 
were the samel ' 

Yessir, easy does it. Guilt- 
by-association become, s 
okay providing the right—or , 
should we say left here?— 
people use it. i 
Guess what the good ole \ 
"O.W." did to Gen. Walker? 

Why, it imported a one- 
time Nazi propaganda 
ministry aide, Sieg- 
frid Naujocks, into the gen- 
eral's command >rith the j 
idiotic mission of establish- 
ing a report that Walker , 
was "mentally ill." Who was 1 
really crazy? 

in Color Blue 

The German trouble- 
maker was naturally unwel- j 
come at the Army HQ, was j 
forthwith expelled. It could . 
hardly have happened to a 
more deserving bum. He is ' 
still a reporter for the ex- 
tremely controversial "O.W." 
at last rollcall. 

All of this only goes to 
point up the lack of prac- 
tical insight and forthright 
intelligence possessed 
by "liberals" or their hatch- 
etmen. . 

Not only can few of thfem 
add r ,and subtract correctly 
' but jthey have little histori- 
cal sense, as well. Bfere 
, thejj have made one of 
'■ their most stupid blunders, 
I ^albejt_typ!cal in many 



give credence to rumors'* 

" ';' wars. Strictly a saa cale. . 
[To go to the heart of {the 
i problem: mistaken identity, 
another boo-boo! The writer 
and many of his readers 
have seen some type of 
i military service in the past 
It takes no trick of memory 
' to recall the true signifi- 
i cance of the color "blue" 
when used in American 
armed services' parlance. It 
is for "friendly forces." 

W® See 'Essstead 

Instead of Walker calling 
I his pro-American orienta- 
1 tion course "anti-Red," con- 
sidered the negative ap- 
proach, he called it con- 
versely "Pro-Blue Progam." 
, For this he was knifed 
! viciously by "O.W." 

The John Birch Society 
, was not mentioned once in 
1 the 18-page outline of the 
program. Still we had— 
"guilt by association," 

The only evidence of JBS 
literature to be found fin 
Division readin g rooj ns 



wis "The Life of Jo^ 
Birch." This is the story , of 
the first American soldier ; 
killed by the Chinese Com- ' 
tnunists shortly after the 
end of World War It i 
©me Weo's TrneS 

It was bought for .sol- 
diers' reading rooms along 
with J. Edgar Hoover's 
"Masters of Deceit," An- 
thony Bouscaren's "Guide 
to Anti-Communism" and 
other typical books. 

The "Pro-Blue Program" 
stressed the need for per- 
sonal integrity, high moral 
code and strong religious 
affiliations. It supported 
community projects from, 
assistance of German for- 
plfans to helping the P TA. 
inpuded was a six-rjour 
dramatized presentation on 
cifzenship. It laughi our 
men what Americanism 
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But Walker gained the 
enmity of former Nazi prop- 
fjanda ministry aide Nfeu- 
Kpks and the ''Overseas 
Weekly." Through tielr 
meanly isolating a saSEe 
book and blowing it up all 
out of proportion-^they got 
one of our best generals re- 
neved of command. 

This administration blun- 
der accompanies Cuba affid 
Laos. , 



pis 'is something Jbe 
. Jiakes should write Waih- 
mgton about. 



14-A— Van Nuys (Colif.) NEWS '£ Sunday, June 4,1961 

Birch Society Seen as Vital Purging Force 



Editor, The News; 

"The wolves are on the 
loose again." When a patriotic 
individual or organization be 
Sins to get results fighting 
communist conspiracy and 
subversion, the "gliberals" 
scream and demand investi- 
gations. 

These same gliberals vio- 
lently wail when a duly au- 
thorized committee of Con- 
gress attempts to investigate 
communism. 

Millions of patriotic Amer 
leans have documented evi 
dence of facts concerning 
communism and subversion 
These facts are available to 
all who seek them. 

The John Birch Society 
stands condemned by gliber 
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als for making these facts 
known to the people. 

Patriotic Americans are 
against (to name a few) for 
eign aid, submission to the 
ungodly U.N., all so-called 
"social gains" which violate 
the Constitution, government 
by politically anointed men 
(Supreme Court) instead of 
government by law guaran 
teed in the Constitution, grad- 
uated income tax (a Marxian 
Communist Manifesto must), 
NATO, SEATO and world 
government. 

Officials Only Men 

It requires no intelligence^ 
for the gliberals to brand anl 
individual pr organization ass 
fascist, black-shirt, Nazi or, 
even Ku Klux Klan. But, 
other than name calling, 
what arguments do the gliber- 1 
als use? It would be well to; 
note this question on any ap-j 
praisal o£ the controversy. | 

Any public official, appoint- 
ed' or elected, is only a man, 
the same as all other men. He- 
rn ay be stupid, dull, tricky, a| 
liar or treacherous; he may be; 
intelligent, brilliant, above- ; 
board, truthful or patriotic. 

But he is not sacrosanct be- 
cause he holds a job as a 
hired serva nt of "We , the Peo- 
ple. If he violates nis oath of 



office, as a great many have, 
let him be thrown out. 
Libel Laws Protect 
If he is faithful, let him be 
exalted. But don't bow down 
in reverence before him be- 
cause he holds public office. 

There are laws of libel 
which protect an individual. 
Any unfounded charges must 
be proved. If the John Birch 
Society has, or is, making un- 
founded' charges, let those 
who think they have been 
villified bring charges in co^rt 
against the society. 




VALLEY NEWS AND GREEN SHEET 

Dat e Sunda y> June k> 

Section 1, Page Ui-A, Columns 1-3 

Van Nuys, California 

flr.it, at* FERDINAND MENDENHALL 
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p ^he~locie ^ns~to "be com- 
Im&raernoir bringing fes 
to the attention of the people. 
If the charges are true, let im- 
peachment processes be in- 
stituted, and let us throw the 
rascals out. 

Founded as Republic 
It is well to remember that 
we are in World War III. One 
does not fight the enemy by 
co-existence with him. _ ; 

There is only one America.; 
The gliberals call it, and havei 
tried to make it, a democracy. 
This is not truthful. It is a 
republic— guaranteed by the! 
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Video Discussion Slated ' 
on John Birch Society | 

"W^u About the John) It is the opinion of Dr. Ben-j ; 
Birch I Society?" wiJl tie thelnett and Sen. McGee that the 
topic when host-moderator society's activities could back- 
David Susskmd convenes fire, that it has no legal status 
"Open End" on Sunday, June'and should not interfere with 



11, at 9:30 p.m. on Channel 11. 

Joining Susskind at the 
round-table will be Congress- 
man 'John H, ^ousselpt (R- 
Cal.), council member of the 
John Birch society; Sen. Gale 
McGee (D-WyoJ; Dr. John C. 
Bennett, dean of the faculty, 
Urjiojv Theological Seminary, 
New - Tfork, and Thomas J. 
Ancjerson, council member of 
the John Birch Society. 

The program is a heated 
discussion of the John Birch' 
Society, which states as its 
aim's the combatting of com- 
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accredited agencies of the gov- 
ernment which have been set 
up for this purpose. 

Also, they feel that the so- 
ciety had no right to accuse 
outstanding pubiic figures 
and some 7000 clergymen of 
being sympathetic to commu- 
nism, 

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son argue these points andi 
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fight for its principles, al-j 
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Thursday, June 8 # 1961 
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but before they took any action they wanted to check nit h the FBI to see 
if the JBS is nfcqfroi subversive* 

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individual by directive of the attorney General all information in the 
files of the FBI is confidential, and the inablility of the FBI to make 
a statement ottst does not mean that this information d&es or does not 
exist* 

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Subversive organization Svction* for a list o f subversive organizations* 
xaKfcFurther, the C's were fim furnished with the address of the U. S. 
Govt. Irinting office for information on "56 informative publications 
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"May Day Rally, Zenda Ballroom, 936£ W. 7th St. 
Los Angeles,. May 7j 19^1 
Speaker: ELIZABETH UURLEY FLYNN 

Attendance: ballroom was better than 3/4 full, very few 
students. 

Donation: 90^ , 

Large banner above stage: HAIL 75 YEARS MAY DAY 

PEACE STABILITY SECURITY 

"The chairman AL TH0L0DAN0 (sp.?) was a negro (didn't 
understand his name) who is now head of the Maritime 
Waiters, Cooks and Stewards Union. . .who said: 

"This is a great celebration of the workers, not only here 
in the U.S. but all over the world. ... .we have had all sorts 
of obstacles in our way in our fight to better working 
conditions, to improve oppression especially on the part 
of the negroes and Mexican-Americans. . . .the growing 
struggle for Negro freedom goes on... 

"There is a wonderful chance however, in Compton, for a negro 
to be elected to the city council ... if everyone here would 
contact folks you know in Compton, it would help Just that 
much more in helping to get our man elected. .. .and later, 
we may even be able to have both Negro and Mexican- 
American, representation on school boards i.. a Negro has been 
elected to a school board for the first time in Berkeley... 
this is real progress .. . 

"We need to look to Sacramento too... Chapel has written a vicious 
bill,., if it is passed in this session of the legislature, we 
couid have ^a California "Smith Act"... this would be a bad step 
backwards. . .Another bill we must oppose with all our forces has 
been written by Un-American Walter; . .HR6 this bill would 
literally smother both Americans and the foreign born. . . 
be sure to srite opposing HR 6... 

"We weren't able to give you the program we. wanted to do because 
there wasn't enough time, but in order to have funds to print 
literature, I wonder who will be the first to give a $25 May Day 
check? (A collection was taken up throughout the audience 
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"There 1 s something these days that may not worry yjou too 
much yet... maybe you think it just won't be around very 
long, but I'm afraid it's here to stay unless we do 
something about it . . . it ' s the John Birch Society (booing 
and hissing) .Make no mistake, the John Birch Society is 
not out to get the communists, as you have been reading 
in the capitalist press... the JBS is out to get the liberals... 
they have been organized to fight social progress . ..they are 
against all social change . .instead, they are . f or bhe 
mercenaries . . . now, everyone who is ready to do something 
about getting rid of the John Birch Society, hold a dollar 
bill up over your head. ... (most of the. audience did so, 
but there never was any announcement as to the amount 
collected). 

"And now, to speak for the youth, DAN BESSIE (applause) 

"DAN BESSIE: 

"I've been asked to speak to you about the part the youth Is 
playing in our struggle for peace and democracy. .the hopes of 
having a better world. . .we have been called all Borts of things 
during the years that I have been growing up... we've been 
called the lost generation. . .the beatniks. . .the new found 
generation and all sorts of things..,. 

"We have taken a good look at the country given to us by our 
parents and grandparents, and we don't like it... frankly, it's a 
«"eal mess and we Intend to do something about too..:. On high 
school and college campuses all over the world, students 
are letting their voices be heard... the May Day rally In 
Japan was attended by about 4 million Japanese ... they were to 
told to shake off the shackles of Yankee Imperialism. ..and to 
Join hands with China- - - the real China, where the 
Japanese high intellect can work toward the democratic 
movements of our day... 

"In Cuba, where there are 6 million people enjoying their new 
socialist state, 1 million turned out to celebrate May Day... 
and so it goes all over the world in countries where the 
mercenary. Yankees have not left their make... 



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"Today, the young people know what goes on and they 
really care*;. In fact they care so much, that they are busy 
doing something about it.... we are the leaders of tomorrow 
and we know the direction to go. And we'll work for 
Negro civil rights and end to discrimination. 

"Two young girl students, (one negro), both wearing bright 
red party dresses took turns singini? songs of the workers . . . 
when they sange the "Internationale the audience stood 
and sang in unison. 

"Next, a Mexican-American was introduced (Spanish name) who 
is now active working with the migratory workers . . .his 
message was brief and about half of it was in Spanish... he 
was concerned about two Mexican artists, mural painters, 
who are both jailed in Mexico, and pleaded for a resolution to 
free them as they have done no wrong... only that their 
political beliefs did not coincide with the officials. 

"It was at this point that ELIZABETH OURLEY FLYNN made her 
first appearance. . .there was loud cheering and a standing 
ovation..., 

"FLYNN: Happy May Day, Comrades and friends .. .usually a - 

visitor to a city is given the key by the Mayor, but* this 

time I think that your Mayor gave me his laryngitis, but I'll 

try to do my best. ..this marks the 75th year that the 

workers of America have celebrated May Bay. . .in fact it la 

eel«briit#d air over the world... from some of the publicity 

in the yellow press, one would think that May Day originated 

in Russia but as a matter of fact> it, was born right here in 

America, . when the workers began their fight for an 8 hour day... 

now we are trying to get a 6 hour , day ... that doesn't sound as 

though we have done very well in all those years, does it? 

I wish I could say that we had come a long way, but let's face 

it, the going has been rough. . .conditions for the workers really are 

still not very good and most of the trouble has come from 

the repressive legislation through the years . ..there f s the 

Taft-Hartley, the Smith Act, the Walter-Mc Carran and jbhen 

of course, there's the Un-American Committee. ..it seems 

as though we've had it for almost 75 years.... and I Just 

hope we don't have it around much longer. 



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"Whenever I talk to reporters ,. they always correct me by 
telling me that it's the HCUA, but I Juat tell them that 
we're sort of used to saying Un-American Committee and 
we probably won't ever change. . .These Un-Amerieans have 
condemned about 2000 students in Berkeley with their, twisted 
lying film of the student demonstrations.... 

"And one of your qwn people has Just gone to Jail for a year... 
FRANK WILKINSON. ..another victim of the committee. . .then we 
had the recent case of the man and his wife who were 
sentenced to 18 months in Jail and the Judge was so 
kindhearted that he's sending the wife to Jail for 18 
months first and when she gets out, her husband will 
serve his 18 months... at least the children will have 
one parent to take care of them. 

"Then there's the sad case of my dear friend HENRY WINSTON., 
he was put in prison during the prime years of his life and 
now he is blind because he was so neglected in the Terra 
Haute Peniteniary. He developed a brain tumor but the 
prison officials would not believe him when he said he could 
scarcely walk- - -until he fell down and couldn^t get 
up.Aonly then was he taken to the hospital, too late. ,? . 
and only then did they operate. . .too late again. ..nfttr he is 
paralyzed maimed and a cripple for the rest of his life, 
and he is still in prison.*. I think we should demand that 
KENNEDY release him... 

"And by the way, I thought the Democrats elected KENNEDY. . . 
I was away during the election. .of course, we can't overlook 
the Landrum-Grif fin-Kennedy bill .wouldn't blame the 
Democrats for not supporting KENNEDY, but who would vote for 
NIXON 1 ? But unemployment today has been caused largely by 
that bill. plus (Jjoo much- technological advance. , .we always 
used to Just call it more machinery, but today everything is 
described with big words... one of the industries to suffer 
most from this advance is the textiles, . .why, up in the 
New England states, there are virtually ghost towns, where 
they used to be thriving mill towns, working all year 
round ...in Michigan, the new cars are turned so fast, with 
few hands touching them and of course up goes the unemployment 
rate, something like 7#. . .here in L.A. it's' 'up 8# and the 
lumber mills are highest with 21# idle . . . .the longshoremen 
are in trouble when it comes to work and that could be solved 
in no time at all, if we would Just open up trade with a few 
ebod, solid Socialist countries like Russia, Cuba and China, 
(loud applause) , .we could be trading with 3/^ of the work instead 



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of only 1/4 j with the unemployment rate climbing higher and 
higher.. We simply must not allow the capitalists to hold 
us down any longer. I've worked all my life ,for a Socialist , 
America (thunderous appluase interspersed With equally 
loud booing, which according to audience comment, came 
from 'Birchers" . . .it was necessary for several Negro 
police officers to quiet the crowd) 

"And the biggest fiasco of all is Cuba... oh, don't worry 
about me.. a little heckling just adds spice to a mee.tlrig. .. 
KENNEDY never should have gone off his rocker... he should 
have just sat in it and thought everything over very 
carefully as he rocked ... .and whjfcjn the going got rough, 
did he call in his Democratic experts? Well, he sure 
didn't ...who would ever believe that he would call on 
all the defeated reactionary GOP mercenaries . . .ROCKEFELLER, 
NI^ON, GOLDWATER, MC ARTHUR and even' HERBER3THQ0VBR. . . 
just to round it out, he ought to have a seance and try 
to contact JOHN FOSTER DULLES .(Laughter) . . 

"And as for the future of ADLAI STEVENSON, the most famous 

liar of them all, he is politically dead. . .egg -head dead*... 

and speaking of investigations, how about having a big one 

for the CIA who has never made an accounting to anybody? 

The tfUXLES brothers have really betrayed us all.... But 

CASTRO has proved, with 1/3 of the population of Cuba Negro, 

that integration can be a perfect success. It is largely 

a matter of the people wantltig socialism. It 1 3 the acceptibility 

that counts and It Is being accepted more and more in 

one country after another. 

"NORMAN COUSINS told me that he thought we would have socialism 
In America within the next 35 or 46 years... he's 74 and I'm 73> 
so I have an advantage over him of 3 years, so' I took him 
up on It... I've said over and over, that America will have 
\. Socialism when the people are ready to accept it, and when 
we get out 6 hour day, eliminate discrimination, have 
schools for everybody, civil rights, insurance and pensions, 
then we will reach the acceptibility of socialism. .. it 
may take awhile yet.. the Birchers aren't helping.. 

"I might point out that the mercenaries In Washington, with 
the aid of the Yankee press are fussing about having a 
communist Cuba within 90 miles of Florida .. .well , we might 
remind them that CASTHO doesn't like having a capitalist 



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we don't hate the capitalist, we just want them to 
go to work . . . (applause ) 

"We must eompliment our youth, .especially two fine, young -men, 
GAGARIN and SHEPARD. . .both have made history by going up , 
into apace. Now wouldn't it be a wonderful way to make even 
more remarkable history if these two fine young men would 
make a peace tour of the world together? There has been 
Exuch talk about ©ur not being able to have co -existence, 
but then we have no reliable press in the U.S.. But we have 
ha£, in spite of the Birehers claiming it isnt ' . possible 
co -existence for 43 years with Russia. Isn ! t this true? 
We haven't been at war with Russia, so we have been 
co-existing. . .We must encourage our youth to work for the 
vision of a happy tomorrow. . .there never was a naturally 
conservative youth. . .a generation ago, we had the quiet 
MC Carthyism youth who didn't seem to want to speak out..* 
I guess that generation is grown up and married now & 
have troubles of their own, but the youth of today is vibrant 
and eager to go ahead in a democratic way, so we must 
all work together for peace. ..for an end of all nuclear 
testing.. if we eould arrange a nuclear war to blow up 
all the capitalists then it would be a victorious day for the .b6 
workers and we would then have our Socialist America, 
but in the meantime, we must work without faltering, with 
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America. 




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Federal Bureau of Investigation 
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Gentlemen: J.Edgar Hoover's took, " Masters of Deceit" has just 
been read by me. 

January 16,1961 copy of the L,A,Herals & Express contained a 
full page ad regarding the Mori Breakdown in our country, 

Taking it to heart, feeling someone should speak up, having had 
first hand, personal observation of said Moral Breakdown for some 
sixty years, and ~ doing a little writing myself, it is my intention 
to submit an article (rather voluminous) to them (or any publica- 
tion seeing in it sufficient merit) to publish, any financial re- 
turns to go to them (in toto) for publishing it. 

Having an absolute horror of ALL THINGS COMMUNISTIC, I hesitate 
to submit it to ANY organization except they merit clearance from your 
Bureau, Could you give such clearance to the following: 
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OFFICE MEMORANDUM ** UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT 
TO: / SAC, LOS ANGELES (100-43513) DAS?E: 6/2/61 

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Information In the aatg. of 

past and whose the Valley 

identity should be Ct&Spter of 

concealed . WLA 5/25/61 

and literature 

Informant -furnished the following handwritten/ 
typewritten report and literature : 



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100-5900! i (JOHN BIRCH SOCIETY) 100-47307 (FRONTIER MAGAZINE) 
"105-9344 (ECONOMIC MATTERS -CUBA )j on -DE AdI™^ 



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" VALLEY CHAPTER OP THE WOMEN FOR LEGISLATIVE ACTION (WLA) 

v "The regular monthly meeting of the Valley Chapter of 
WLA was held at the Valley Colonial House , 4810 Whitsett, North 
Hollywood, California , on Thursday, May 23j 196 1. 

"Approximately 68 to 70 persons attended this meeting. 
The panel session was under the direction of ILSE WOLFSON who 
acted as moderator. Also on the panel were BENITA CHAUM and a 
new member, whose name I believe is MARSHA SANDAM (phonetic). The 
panel discussed the gold crisis and education under domestic issues; 
and Laos, and the tractors for Cuba, under international issues. 

"The guest speaker of the day was Rabbi HERSCHEL LYMON, 
of the Temple Akiba, Culver City, California, who was introduced 
as being SONNY KRASBOs brother. He also was said to be president 
of the Culver-Palms Ministerial Association. His topic was 
'Moral Values in the Nuclear Age.' He also was reportedly a 
chaplain in the United States armed forces during World War II, 
and was stationed at Okinawa. 

"He said that the movie 'Operation Abolition' was 
scheduled to be shown at his congregation a few weeks ago 
but one of the women in the congregation got out and * worked 
and worked against it ' and eventually enough members were 
convinced so that it was not shown after all. He said that he 
is very much in favor of the suggestion to send tractors to 
Cuba not because it will free the prisoners there, but ■ because 
they will be put to good advantage to raise food for the CASTRO 
Cubans . 

"He spent a great deal of time talking about what he 
called 'hate groups. ' He classed the John Biich Society as a 
hate group, and said he is very much against it. The Birch 
members are falsely calling various individuals communists and 
trying hard to make people hate each other in this nuclear 
age when people should be making an effort to get along 
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"The ADOLPH EICHMANN case has been a real 
disappointment to Rabbi LYMON as he says that a lot 
of Jewish people are so ashamed they will not even 
talk about it. He said that such a horrible thing must 
never happen again and the only way to prevent it will be 
to talk about it and bring it out in the open. 

"He said that action must be taken on activities 
which will upset the conditions in this nuclear age. For 
example he said that he wrote a letter of protest to the 
local throw-away newspaper in Culver City, the 'Culver City 
Journal, 1 never dreaming that they would print it, but 
it was printed in the April 6, 19§1 issue. Three members 
of the John Birch Society »ere running for office in the 
local Culver City election recently, and through determined, 
efforts of the right people all three were defeated. Also 
it was learned that HERBERT FHILBRICK, a 'FBI spy' was 
scheduled to speak at one of the local schools. The very 
thought of such an individual being allowed to speak before 
little school children was unthinkable and so through the 
right channels the engagement was cancelled. 

"At this meeting we were advised to write 
letters to Sacramento on bill AB-1559* concerning use 
of the schools for speakers before outside groups; also 
to write on 'fall-out.' In addition we received instructions 
to write to EMANUEL CELLER in Washington, D.C. urging 
extension of civil rights. 

"It was announced that over 620 tickets have 
been sold to the 10th Birthday Annual Awards Luncheon for 
June 10, 196l. These tickets have been sold out for over 
a month and there are no more available. People are still 
calling in asking for additional tickets and are being 
turned away. 

"A new member, DOLORES THORNTON, indicated that 
she had joined at the April meeting. Said that friends of 
hers had told her that with her background and interests 
she would enjoy the WLA meetings. 



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,r It was learned that EDITH BLEIWEISS and her husband - 
are going to take a trip to Europe in about ofee Month, There 
has befen no information received from NELLIE or Dr. SAGAL 
since they left for a trip abroad. One of the wembers mentioned 
that BELLE KRUPNICK has been so busy with her real estate 
business lately that she has been unable to at1|fle>d the 
regular Meetings. 

"It was announced that the next meeting of the , 
Executive Board of the Valley Chapter of WLA, will meet on 
June 1, 1961, at the home of ESTELLE NICHAMIN, 12612 Killion, 
North Hollywood } California. 

f ! Among those present at this May meeting of the 
Valley Chapter of WLA at the Valley Colonial House on May 
2$, 1961, were the following: 



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1. Informant furnished a copy of the May, 1961, 
issue of "Frontier" Magazine, Volume 12, Number 7. This 
.contains a feature article titled , "The Continuing Controversy 
Oyer the GDC." Also contained in this issue is an article 
titled "Cactus Country Crusade," by BRYAN FULKS, who Is described 
as a former school teacher who has turned to free-lance writing 
for periodicals. This artlple discusses the film, "Operation 
Abolition", the John Birch Society, the Christian An ti -Communist 
Crusade, and HERBERT PHIIBRICK. The letters to the editor 
section is devoted to "reaction of our readers to the Wilkinson - 
Braden decisions." DOROTHY MARSHALL has her usual advertisement 
on page 25. (Location 1OO-47307-1B) 

2. May, I96I J Issue of the Valley Chapter of WLA 
Bulletin, Volume VI, Number 9- 

ACTION: 



Informant was thoroughly interviewed and could 
furnish no additional Information. 

All other necessary action in connection with this 
memo has been takJen by the writer. 



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ecoramended that a 100-DEAD file be opened 
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OFFICE MEMORANDUM «* U$XEE3X SPATES OOVERMHENT 
TO: SAG, LOS -ANGELES (100-43513) DATE : " 6/2/61 

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1. April, 1961, issue of the "Frontier! 1 
Magazine; Volume 12, Number 6, published monthly at 
1256 Westwood Boulevard , Log Angeles 24, California. 
This issue of the. magazine contains in part the following 
and .should be consulted in 100-47304-1B (bulky exhibit) 
for complete details; 

The cover page and pages 7-9 contain complete 
text of Justice HUGO L. BLACK'S dissent in the ease 
of FRANK WILKINSON and WILKINSON'S own statement titled 
"A thousand New Voices" is : contained on page 8. 

The "This Month" section starting on page 2. 
and continued on pages 25 and 26 discusses the John 
Birch Society; LOUIS FRANCIS, California legislator's 
statement regarding subversion in California, colleges; 
Dr. LINUS PAULING 4 s petition; and information about the 
anti-communist film, "Operation Abolition* and the 
House Committee on Un-American Activities (HCUA). 

Editorials bearing the by-line of publisher 
GIFFORD PHILLIPS on pages 3 and 4', also cover the John 
Birch Society, HCUA and FRANK WILKINSON. 

The feature article appearing on pages. 5-7 
by DANIEL M. BERMAN described as a faculty member of 
Washington College and the American University is 
titled "The Supreme Court Decides Against Freedom - 
The meaning of the WILKINSON -BR ADEN cases : You can 
say what you please as long as , what you pljsase to say 
pleases the Un-American Activities Committee," 



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Pages 9 and 10 contain an article by. MARK ACUFF, 
president of the Junior Class at the University of New 
Mexico and a staff writer for the "New Mexico Lobo" 
concerning subversive activities at the U. of New Mexico. 

Page 11-13 contain an article by ED CRAY and 
JEAN MC DOWELIs captioned "Cross -Fertilization on the 
Right" concerning the John Birch Society, the Dan Smoot 
Report, W. CIiSON SK^USEN, DR.. TOED C. SCHWARTZ'S Christian 
An ti -Communist Crusade, and the Free Enterprise Bureau 
of Coast Federal Savings . 

JEANNE RXHA has an article titled "The Pros 
and the CDC" on pages 16 and 17 concerning the : California 
Democratic Council annual state convent ion in Santa Monica, 
March 3-5> 19&1, Such things as the draft resolution on 
diplomatic recognition of Communist China and admission 
of China to the United Nations are discussed in this article, 

JOHN W. CAUGHEY's article on "Capital Punishment" 
appearing on pages 18 and 19 deals chiefly with the 
execution of Modoc Indians following the Modoc Indian War 
in the 1870' s. 

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to handling the cases ofT ^ under 



the foreign travel requiTeTOnTST 



Informant was thoroughly interviewed and could 
furnish no additional information. 

All other necessary action in connection with this 
memo has been taken by the writer. 



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OFFICE MEMORANDUM ** UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT 
TO: SAC j LOS ANGELES (?7~l6) DATE: 6/5/61 

FROM: 



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SUBJECT: PW 

REGISTRATION ACT 



SOURCE 



ACTIVITY RECEIVED AGENT LOCATION 



who hat 
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Inf oraant furnished a written report which is quoted 
verbatim as follows: 



"May 17th, 1961 



attended the 



at the Hungarian Hall. 




ftL INFORMATION CONTA/WED 
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J introduced kin. He save a highly 



volatile^ apcscn on cira important role of the Peopled World 
paper on the vital 1b sues and crisis in the world today such 
as the Cuban situation and the Laos crisis. His speech was. 
directed at the current administration and criticized 
Presidflpit MiNEE^'s press conference. He quoted the president 
out of context and stated that he was attempting to censor 
the press/ but the PW would fight for the right of the 
aass to hear the truth. He, also attacked the John Birch Society 
and claimed that they were not a group to be passed off lightly. 
He claimed that they would be against anything that would 
benefit the working nan today. He also addressed the group 
as conrads. 

I [ introduce d k o the group 

as new and ardent workers for the PW and they were given a b/L) 
round of applause. 

"Those present included: 



ACTION: 



Informant was unaware of the sponsors of this 
affair however other 4 inf or nan ts have stated it was sponsored 
by the PW committee/ 



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Informant was thoroughly Interviewed concerning 
this report and could furnish no additional Information. 

All necessary action in connection with this 
memo has been taken byttie writer. 



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•OFFICE MEMORANDUM ** UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT 
TO: SA O j LOS ANGELES ( 100-55^55) DATE : 6/7/61 

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SUBJECT: MORANDA SMITH SECTION 
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"May 29, 1961 



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spoke about the Polaris submarines which 
presumingly gave to NATO recently. He also 



the United states 
spoke about racial disorders in Montgomery, Alabama , and 
Nashville , Tenn. 



in discussing the arrests of the 

Freedom Riders in Montgomery, Ala. told the club members that 
if there ever was a time for our party to act, this is the 
time to ,do so. Our party must come out with a clear cut 
statement and take a stand regarding the treatment of the 
Freedom Riders and the fight by Negroes for Civil Rights in 
the South. 



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making about the Committee for African Freedom, 
J said that this committee could play an 



important; pan; now in view of the happenings in Montgomery., 
Ala. and Nashville, Tenn., and other parts in the South. If 
our party, for some reason, cannot and does not take a stand, 
the Committee for African Freedom could and should come out 
with a strong statement regarding the treatment of the Freedom 
Riders and other actions for Civil Rights undertaken by 
Negroes in the South. 



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ailed the present government in the 



United States reactionary and spoke highjii— c_Li_LLc£l 
of ADLAI STEVENSON in the United Nations 



called for mass action against the arrests or tne Freedom 
Eiders in Montgomery, Ala. All members present took part 
in the discussions , condemning the treatment of the Freedom 
Riders and attacking the Birch Society. 

n A motion was made to send a telegram to Pres. 
KENNEDY protesting the treatment of the Freedom Eiders and 
demanding that the government give them protection. 

"After a short discussion, it was decided that it 
would be more effective if Individual members send telegrams 
or letters to Pres. KENNEDY. 

"After some more unimportant discussions, the 
meeting adjourned with the following present: 



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Informant was thoroughly Interviewed concerning 
this report and could furnish no additional Information. 

All necessary action in connection with this 
memo has been taken by the writer. 



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Subject's name and aliases 


Address of. subject " , 


Character of case 


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Complainant called and stated he heard pros and cons re subject 
organization and wanted to talk to an ?gent to get the facts as 
to whether is good or bad. Complainant was told the FBI is 
jurisdiction in internal security s confidential nature of files 
and that no comment could be made re subject organization* 




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A few days subsequent to 6/7/61 all of the above mentioned families, 
including himself received identical letters. He made available the 
one he received, and which is attached. The letter is obscene, and 
is anti JBS. 

The letter was postmarked Anaheim, June 7, '"with no return address. ^ 
he advised he did not want it returned. 



He thinks it possible* but has no proof that i 

| | may be responsible ror xneser~x^ Tiers. 

He ta of this opinion because they are both anti JBS, because short 
time ago | | became * n ft very loud arguement on the 

street, re the JBS, in whlch l fa tronglr Indicated she was 

anti JBS. He mentioned that sometime agb l | was laid off of his 

job, and he had been working at the same place as wa s] \ 
who 44 is a foreman there* 



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C (sailed and advised her church group has formed a J0EI7 BIRCH SOCEITY Chapster 
end many of the parishioners , have signed up.- She said that had a speaker, 
last night and the comments "were very; -far right, so much so that she had some 
question as' to whether or not the organization ''is ''basically comiaunistic» 
They talked about doing away, with a democaitic form of gov't and having a ..republic 
and urged war on Castro. They also advocated doing away with the US Supreme. Ct" 
and Lie oi-ie Taxes.. They ^ w.er e ' States Righters also, and, planned on forming a 
Third Party* * She said much of the same info is contained in the Soceity 1 s Blue Book 
She. said their pastor who is a young' agre salve jesusx man has been taken in by the 
leaders in the parish behind the Soceity* 



She wanted to know '±ha±3C what the 'FBI thought of' the Soceity a nd who he sh ould 
report ?uch information to in the— future. It was explained tq | [ that 
the FBI has no official comment re the Soceity and the FBI's interest in any 
group is doter mining whether or ■ not they advocate . the violent overitihrow of the 
gov't by force. She was advised that any info she had about any .group that 
advocates such an overthrow, we would fee vitally interested -in-'S&EX _ such .info. 
She said she heard no, such comments from the member s» 

She wanted to know if she- should contact the LA Times as they have written, many 
articles unfavorable to the Soceity, ^he was advised the FBI could, not gave hen 
any advice alon$ those line s. - 



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Memorandum , _ .^"^ 

TO : SAC, LOS ANGELES (100- r date: June 22, 1961 



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luaiirornia, teiepnone 



ilephonically advised that she had been 
appt l 6a6hed by many organizations including the John Birch 
Society to join in an anti- Communist crusade. 



She stated that she wants to get into some 
organization which is American but is confused and desired 
to have the FBI tell her which organization was thoroughly 
American. She specifically inquired about the John Birch 
Society. 

She was informed that the FBI cannot make any 
recommendations either pro or con concerning any organizations 
and that the records of the FBI are confidential. She was 
advised that the fact that the FBI did not comment concerning 
any organization should not be interpreted as an indication 
that the FBI does or does not have a record. She was advised 
that if interested she could secure a copy of the subversive 
organizations list from the Department of Justice, Internal 
Securities Section. 




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informant &8& isesitloned that on the eweiiiisg of June 6, 
196.I, at 6:30 p.m. over C2S-I93X Radio fetation, BBR 
POBBS, Attoxoey- AX* WIKXN and a member bf £J2£ 3nhn y.i*eh 



Society was to hold a psnel forum. 

informant to listen in to t&e prograETf 



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SY DNEY J. HARRIS — | 

John Birchers t 
Confuse Issues 

A- few weeks ago I watched the "Open End" television 
program because I .wanted to see a couple of the John 
Birch Society members in action. Two members of the 
group — one of them a Congressman — were debating two 
other men opposing it. 

After an hour, or so of viewing I \yas visited by a 
small, nagging feeling that I had had the same experi- 
ence somewhere before — the same sense 
that, although the John Birch members 
used the English language and sounded 
rational, they were really using words to 
obscure and not to clarify the political 
picture. 

And then suddenly T remembered. As 
a young man, in the 1930s. 1 occasionally 
attended open meetings held by the Com- 
munists on the campus and elsewhere in 
the city. What interested me about the 
speakers at such rallies was their com- 
plete insulation from rational argument— 
they kept pounding way, using a private HARRIS 
vocabulary of their own, which sounded like English 1 
but which had no connection with the meanings of 
words, 1 

HOWEVER MUCH the John Birch members may ' 
pose as "conservatives," they are at the furthest pole : 
from true conservatism. At the extreme right, they join : 
the radicals of the extreme left in most of their charac- 1 
teristics. And it is the supreme irony of political con- 1 
tention._-th.at they sound like the Communists they 
despise. 

It was impossible for the opponents to make a dent in . 
the John Birch members' bland assurance that' their I 
credo alone represents "the American way." Nothing ; 
that was said on the program in any way modified their j 
tenacious dogmas. The world is divided into good guys [ 
and bad guys, with John Birch and the Communist ; 
Panty simply reversing the roles. * \ 

HUT THE TRUE conservative, like the true IitotaJ, i 
knows that the world is not divided into good guys and ' 
bad* guys; that the human problem of living together is 
extremely complex and subtle; that the desire for justice 
and freedom is the monopoly of no one group. 




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Welch on the Clergy 

THE PROTESTANT clergy is a favorite target of 
some extreme right-wing groups and their leaders. The 
technique of attack employed by Robert Welch, founder 
and leader of the John Birch society, is a familiar one. 
In a speech at Bismarck, N.D., last week, Welch 
charged that 7,000 of. the 200,000 Protestant ministers 
in the United States are either Communists or Commu- 
nist sympathizers. This, he said, constitutes "the largest 
single body" of Communists in the country. 

Unsubstantiated charges of much the same tenor 
were made in an air force manual more than a year 
ago and were effectively challenged at that time. 

Welch is entitled to his opinions of the Protestant 
clergy, of course. But when he airs those opinions 
publicly, in effect delivering a shotgun blast against 
the clergy, it seems to us he has a clear obligation 
either to prove his charges or to withdraw them. 
Otherwise he irresponsibly discredits the whole group. 
Otherwise his attack must be set down, not as a well- 
documented indictment, but as an indiscriminate 
smear. 

UNFORTUNATELY Welch does not seem to have 
developed the habit of substantiating his charges. It 
will be recalled, for example, that he once called for- 
mer President Eisenhower "a dedicated, conscious 
agent of the Communist conspiracy" and has since then 
spent considerable time trying to squirm out of that 
egregious piece of nonsense. 

It is an ironic thing that even as Welch assails the 
Protestant clergy as Communist-infiltrated, the Birch 
society which he heads stands for policies which would 
weaken NATO, take the United States out of the United 
Nations and otherwise play into the hands of Soviet 
Russia as it strives for world domination. Perhaps 
Welch needs to spend less time imagining a dire Com- 
munist peril in the clergy and more time studying the 
harsh realities of Soviet strategy, economic, political 
and military. 

WE DO NOT BELIEVE that most Americans will 
be much impressed by the Welch charges. We suspect 
that they will be tempted to agree with Catholic Arch- 
bishop William 0. Brady when he says: "On the face of 
it, Welch's statement is absurd." But we also suspect 
the American people generally are getting tired of the 
unsubstantiated charge, the tar-brush smear, the care- 
less innuendo so frequently employed in the name of 
anti-communism. 

And if they are a little weary of it all— a little 
disheartened and dismayed by it— who with a strong 
sense of fairness in his heart can blame them? 



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"VALLEY TIMES TODAY," North Hollywood! 
Wednesday, June 28, 1961 
Second Section, Page 16, Cols. 1-2 
Editor - JACK BERGER 
Los Angeles Field division 

RE: JOHN BIRCH SOCIETY (JBS) 
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"The meeting was conducted by 



The first point on the agenda was a discussion on the 
May Day .Affair which was held on Sunday, May 7, 1961 
with ELIZABETH GURLEY FLYNN as guest speaker. 



|stated that this May Day 

Rally drew more people out to a GF mass meeting 
then what has been for a long time and this was due 
to having ELIZABETH G. F LYNN as the main speaker. 
The 1000 or more persons came out to hear her. 
The May Day meeting was a very good meeting with 
the exception of a few criticisms that came in from 
various persons on the program which preceeded the 
appearance of ELIZABETH G FLYNN. ^lso'on the 
handling of the John Birch Society disrupters in the 



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"Meeting which could have been much worse had this 
not have been handles as well as it was by those 
who were in charge of the floor for this situation. 



"Everyone agreed with 



generally so on the May Day affair. 



statement 



"The 2nd point on the agenda was a report 
on the PW fund drive. 



gave the report on the PW fund 

drive. He stated that the PW drive is of an emergency 
character. There is a need to raise $46,000.00 to 
$50,000.00 to sustain the PW paper. The Southern 
Oalif . Distriet has only 54.9^ of it's quota on the 
PW fund Srive. b 



"There were 110 persons at the PW 
conference held on Saturday , May 20, I96I; this 
conference was pretty dead, the comrades did not 
reflect the content of the PW drive. There were 
only two section organization secretaries present 
at the PW conference. 

. "The distriet GP will just have to 
have a special discussion on what the problem 
is & why the Majority of the CP members are not 
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& sections GP leader snip of Southern California 
have to s«je to. it that every SP member is visited 
& get then to make Individual pledges on the PW 
drive. Also point out that this drive cannot go 
beyond the PW annual picnic. 

"The next point on the agenda was a 
discussion on the Freedom Riders in the South 
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stated that a real massive 

de fyanc e of Jim Crow must be conducted in all 
Southern States. The president of the U.S. should 
enact a Federal Martial law in the South to protect 
the civil rights of the Negro people. 



read a document from the 

National KXecUklVe USEBftlittee CP in defense & 
support of the Freedoia Riders in the South 5c the 
general rights of the Negro people; among some of 
the activities mentioned is that the €P will play 
a full role in defending Negro people & will fight 
for their complete freedom., 

H The CP will participate with other 
forces as well as develope passive CP action in b6 
defense of the Freedom Riders in the South & the 
complete abolishment of Jins Crow & segregation. b7c 



_ .stated that this document 

issued by the national committee CP on the Freedom 
for Negro people will be summed up in a naemoranduia 
form for. d is cuss-ion in the GP clubs. 

"The next point on the agenda was 
announcements & Good & Welfare. 



tnounced that a radio 
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education eonrerence 

■Trinp Q 106l at 8: p.m. at | 

All section education directors are urg( 



■co De present, also section organizers. 

"Note: A very lengthy discussion 
developed around the document frora the NG of the 
Freedom Riders in the South, 



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Here, Silent on 
Birch Society 

Chief Justice Warren de- 
Icllned Co comment here - 

thing except the weather, jl irch Society picked Were ! 
,anri Ms forthcoming round- oh hand'at'the airport irhen 
j the-worid- trip, he arrived. He was. whiikedi 

! Among aubjecta Warren ©ut * 8ide exit. 



dncl ined to d im-uss in a brief > Araund the World 
interview at the Beverly Tne .Wardens '.will' leave 
' Milton were politics, renent Thursday to "spend two 

Supreme Court decision! In' ^ A "£™ ,,a ."A* 

L . , _ _ ■ _ ,.| . week Jn New Zealand. -Then 

j(.onimuniHt cases "dlat- t hey wUl ^ m ap0U(1< the 

lanes made onrJ^.hyHiWtnf world to K m o r w a y, where • 
Rireh Society members on they will taker an .extensive 
Diners. - T-^ri boat trip though. the rtorth- 

■ "We iust don't talk about crn - f j orda Narvik, above 
we just ami uuk snout lh> Aretic Circle . aiiey wiI , 

such things, he said. return ^ Washington Sept 

- WHI Sp aaVTwight • ■ 1. 

The Chief JOsiicd arrived - Warren .expressed no dis- 
from Washington Sundayl appoHitment at finding 'over- 
night to speak tonight in the sk,cs J™ » is b| rlef v ' 8lt * 
Beverly Hilton at' a dinner "ere. \ A 

meeting of the University of! "You think this is bad, 
Judaism, which Is establish-) weather?" he asked. "You| 
ing a chair in law and ethics should .be in Washington!; 
iiUw-hwior. He i s ate a m - Just ke ep the weaj^bscjike' 
nanfed bv Mrs. Warren. it: is." 



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Rro-Red List 

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Birch Group 

NEW YORK, July 6 (UPD— 
The founder of the John 
Birch Society has asked its 
members to help compile 
"the most complete and most 
accurate files in America on 
the leading communist sym- 
pathizers, Socialists and Lib- 
jerals." 

) Robert Welch said he 
hoped to fill hundreds of 

i filing cabinets with dossiers 
on "those who are trying to 

. change the economic and 

1 political structure of this 
country so that it could be 
comfortably merged with 
Soviet Russia in a one- 
world Socialist govern* 
ment." 

Writing in the July issue of 
his society's bulletin, Welch 
said he believed the largest 
non-governmental file of this 
mature in America, which he 
did not identify, contains 1.5 
million names. He said he 
believes there are "not more 
than 300,000 to 500,000 Com 
munists in our country . . . 
and fiot more than a million 
i, dupes and sympa|hiz- 
hom they can coun p on 
ny conscious support." 
,e indicated he wishtd to 
jlist only their "leaders." 



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subject: JOHN BIRCH SOCIETY (JBS) 



On 7/6/61 








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reliable source of information, advised that 





advised him that within the past week 



a chapter of the JBS was formed at 



obtained 



Ma info confidentially from an undisclosed woman who attended 
the chapter formation meeting but did not join. More than 
a dozen persons did join the local chapter. A majority of 
these were members of the JBS nationally. The only person 
named as joining was) ^ 1S - S 
expressed himself to 
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in/the past as very interested 



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'RerOst 7 
I Planned by 
Bi rchites 

NEW YORK The John 
' Birch Society plans to pub- 
lish a list of persons it con- 
• aiders to be the leading Com- 
munist sympathizers, social- 
ists and liberals in-, the Unit- 
I ed States. ■ . V" 

\ In announcing the plans in 
! its monthly bulletin, the 
| right-wing nationalist group 
called on its members to help 
. build up "the most complete 
-. and most accurate files in 
I America on the leading 
i 'comsymps' (Communist 
sympathizers), socialists and 
i liberals." 

The- publication defined 
such individuals as "those 
who are trying to change the 
economic and political struc- 
ture of this country so that 
it could be comfortably 
merged with Soviet Russia 
in a one-world socialist gov- \ 
J ernment" ■ 

The bulletin gave details 
on how the information was 
to be gathered and promised 
careful checking and evalua- 
I tion before the material . 
; would be published. It add- ; 
ed: ■ 

"These are files that we 
I are going to need before we 
j can ever give the whole 
truth — or enough of it to 
I save our , country — to the 
1 American 5t peW^ !1 




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F.B.I., 

Los Angeles, Calif. 
Dear* Sirs* 

please give me the local address of the office of the 
John Birch Society, 



lith all the subverstive organizations working for 
the over throw of our government the only thing we Americans b7C 
who love our country can do is to have a good strong Assn. 
for oufr protection. 

Not only the above mentioned, but also such characters 
Chief Justice Warren, Stevenson, Bowles, etc., etc, In s time 
when this country needs a good strong man for President we have 
Kennedy, and his pink gang. 



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Lob Angeles 17, California 



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JUly 9, 19^1. 

I ?:oul£ like to be Of service to you, 
houover, the information you requested is unavail- 
able to this office. 

Boturiiecl herewith Ip tho self-addressed, 
stamped envelope you furnished xrlth your letter. 

Very truly yours, 




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Birch Society Starts Its File 



The John Birch Society plans to build 
files on "Comsymps, Socialists and lib- 
erals." 

The Society's publication estimated 
there are up to 500,000 Communists in 
the Country and about a million allies, 
dupes and sympathizers. 

But if they intend to list "liberals,", 
wha t* a liatit hat will be! The nation is 
about divided between persons who con-* 



sider themselves either liberals or con- 
servatives. 

Before the job is finished, the 60,000 
or 100,000 Birchers might be trying to 
keep tabs on millions of Americans who 

ji disagree with them. j 
The Birch Society has no monopoly! 

* on the desire to fight Communism. It is ; 
the duty of any citizen' who s uspects a 
person of being a Communist tu repurt \ 
him to the FBI. 



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Hon. John Rousselot 
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Dear John: 



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On March 17 1961| 

I I telepnonea, reminding me mat i naa previously volunteered ipr a position 
as i I for the forthcoming year. She asked me if I 
"would care to reconsider my desire to volunteer for this poslttoi. She said the new 
Board members would soon meet to consider my requesty-andjah^ felt I might be turned 
down. I told her I could q°* nn f^oc^n ™hv t ^ruiTH be tumed-doAvn r as I felt I had been 
doing a satisfactory Job aq P us ' ar * \\ 

A few days late J t elephoned to say l^iaCjusi^been turned down fo j 

position. She said she was very sorry to givi^me this bad news, but she reminded me 
she had t ried tn sn are me this when she earlier askea>me to reconsider taking a Job 
in the nev J Kvhen I asked her what reason was^gtven for turning me down, she 

replied, "It Is rumored you are a member of th^Jerfui Birch Society and they've been 
told to infiltrate into PTA and keep oujt-thejleftlsts^ She then admitted she knew 
nothing about the John Birch Society/Sherman wha^she had read in the Los Angeles 
Times, Pasadena Star News, or Santa BarbaraNnewspapers. I then told her I was a 
member, and extremely proud to m a member* Wd that I would lend her material 
published by the JBS so that she could read both! sides of the story. 

I would like to emphasize tliafcjio oWi hl 
asked me whether I wasyajaaesiber aHhe_*iorin" 
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Bircn society, ana no one has to this 



round details\tnay seejari^a Uttle tedious to read, I imagine, but I believe 



The bac 

may be of Interest becausil^one^ay see a particular 
work. It was my first (ana apparently last!) year in 
lightening, but not in the way I expected L 



Interest because; one^may see a particula r patter n that could be used ir 
r- , . ^ and j j oun< j ^ most en- 



I was a member of the JBS last summer, although no one knew It other than mv h 
At that t ime a friend who had just becom e T 7 



me to 
pared b; 



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usband. 
asked 
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I saw uuo woo 



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"teay 



| Alter u was vy) 
men 11 was aupiicated. I acceptet 
friends for several years, and also 

Americanism into the Uttle paper. Every issue I was able to put something patriotic i j 
in it, whether it be art work or a list of patriotic days for hanging out our American 1 
Flag, or a short statement quoted from J. Edgar Hoover. No one objected thus far. 



offer because we had been social 
a good opportunity to get more 



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Tn February nrf 1 ftflj T aflkedl 



snort article in T~ 

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] i or pernuayiuu iu pui a 



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sponsored by the 



ap' an 

pn page - attained, i nave copiea exacuy^ttie wording I used 



lor uus article. This project of mine, apparently, was more than 'someone' could 
bear — it was bad enough, I guess thai she had to put up with all of the dates for hang* 
ing outSbur flag, drawings of Lincoln and Washington, quotes of Mr. Hoover's, etc., 
but this article was the last straw, I guess. You'll see why in a minute- 



Enters now 
a member 



In other organizattj 
to take over a proji 



was considered very impolite 
be that of another member. And it certainly wo uld have been I mpo 
the nthftr memhftr'R nerrntflRtnn, Therefore, as| fr isf 

H felt it only proper to ask her uu atie wriuld 
publicity about the two movlea over her name. [ 
me that I should as a 

name, it was perfectly proper to submit it over 



s of which I have been 
t that would rightfully 
lite to so do without 



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]about this, and If she chose notH^j 

JVhenI called! 



care to s ubmit this 
fegreed with 



submit it over her 
] and 



r name, she Hesitated a long 
s, but would let me know the 



asked her if she would care to submit the articl 

minute, then stated she had seen only one of tht^*™ ^**,» T *««, « ww 
next day whether she wanted her name on ttye article. J$X 7:30 a-m. next day she called, 
saying she didn't want her name on the arttci^that^ie of the pictures was 'distoted'. 
1 told her 1 understood perfectly and would go ahead and write the article over my name, 
as I had seen both pictures a number of times. 



That afternoo q I called 
could possibly want sucn an 




saip she Just couldn't understand why 
r. I told her why, explaining I thought 
us was the threat to our freedom by 
of that was silly. She then attacked 
: people, made derrogatory remarks 
d writers. When I refused to argue with 



both pictures pictures graphically 
communists and fellow travelers, 
a number of points usually agreed 
about anti-communist pictUcfiLai?and 

her but offered her my /Cofiy of "Masters of Deceit", articles by Herb Phllbrick, Cleon 
Skousen, Dr. Fred Schwarz, etc., she became more abusive than ever, and her voice 
became higher. I.fniinrt T rnnlri not reason with her by lowering my voice, so I gave up 
and said 'goodbye ! | and hung up. One point I made clear to her during 

our conversation: 1 saia we must/learn about the threat of communism so that we will 
be able to keep subversives-frorrt infiltrating our churches, our PTA's. our teaching 
profe ssion. I said, "how would^we ever know if a communist or socialist got into our 
I " K >r any other group, if we didn't even know what communism or socialism was?" 
{Please bear in mind this statement, because it was later used against me, I believe.) 
She then fltatori she saw nothing wrong with socialism, and that she didn't agree with 
anyon ^ | anyway. Strange statements indeed* 

The next afternoon a cl ose friend of mine in our! 

Icalled me to tell m d I and another woman 

was a communist In o 



Ind a member of my church 
~J and another woman had iu 



stopped of 



ft ome, saying I 
a communist in our cnu rch, and that sh 
I "Hand the FBI. 



f had flaid th 



ere 

was going to tei[ 



and 



I discussed this matter with! I that evening after a meeting 

his first year a t b nd had never talked with me before. He a dmitted 

]had talked to him and had told him I said there was a communistT 



It was 



He was completely nonplussed when 1 explained to him I had not said thia >Ae then told 
me he had heard Major Meyers' tape of brainwashing Korean war veterans (which he 



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thought was too advanced for the uninitiated), was currently reading 'Masters 
Deceit' (which we had given him for Christmas). 



of 



About two weeks later my minister called on me. We chatted about half an hour, then 
got on the subject of communism. I told him now I felt about the communist threat, 
and he told me how worried he was that people in our church seem so Uttle concerned 
about what can happen to the church through the dlabolitical mnrir rt f thP pnmmnni gtg 

I do not know whether he came to visit me because of something pay 

have said. However, he encouraged me to continue my work in my community as I 
have been - by passing out literature by the Justice Department and other dependable 
groups and individuals. He prayed with me that I might contin^ my work. 

my year! 



Now 



As I mentioned before, John, I had an unusual experience during 
I know what it is like to be a victim of bigotry, intolerance and ^gnorance^ It was not 



an easy task to build Amer ica tn be the g reatest countr^4Hhe3y6r^ld. 
to watch people run scared.' " J " . - 



It is not easy 



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« | bitterly denounced me, stating, "None of this 

nnened if you llaWi WUIILUU to put that- anti •communist article in the 

I But no one ever told me it wouid.be r ^aBy to keep America free, the be 

way our forefathers pla nned It sho uld be. I ma&e my decision quite a while ago — 
if I must choose bet weed l and the Jbhn^irch Society — well, of course it will b 

be the John Birch Society. ^// 

Incidentally, I might mention the reason I have\iade a point of giving you the full names 
and positions of those persons with wh^tdealt, is^because I am giving the FBI a copy 
of this letter, also. I have never written theinxaboui^iis because I was fairly certain 
they all ready knew I was reliab le/ /Last year a\patrlotic group to whdch I belong gave 
a copy of 'Masters of Deceit' to | | (the re was a 

picture of several of us on the frontpage oi ine local newspaper;, ana iney knew other 
things about me which I would be pr^udto haye/them know about However, since I 
am writing you this letter<*^^cluain]^-a-<0py for the FBI. 



Once again, John, I want to tell you how prow 

courageous man suchj is you are. y (You are doing a very fine job wherever you go. 



_nd I are that we know a good, 



If there is anything further I can 
please let me know. I ha^ 
or may not have been in tW 
situation. 



o clarify this letter, or answer any questions, 
ftiv omitted mv mim personal opinions of what may 



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or any others involved in this 



Very sincerely yours, 



-2- February, 1961 



A NEW COMMUNITY SERVICE 



he. 

will be presented In th e meeting room oJ_ 



A vital new series of movies to alert th^ t/x tha /*r>wr>r»nrt<gf tliraal 

1 ..i^ie^gej^iag-^^pQjporect bj 

I k m be ntuu on rne imiowuig uaww. 1 

9:30 a.m. "Operation Abolition" (Mon. and Wed*, Feb. 13 

10:45 a-m. "Communism on the Map" ( and 15 

2:00 p.m. "Operation Abolition" ( 

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7:30 p,m. "Operation Abolition" (Wed*, Feb. 15 

"Communism on the Map" depicts the manner and extent communism has 
spread over the world, while "Operation Abolition" shows student riots against 
the House Un-American Activities Committee in San Francisco. 

The re is no charge, and the ge neral public is invited. Rpgrardlng r.hild rare- 
calll j | and lor further details, please caU | 



(Enclosure to letter 7*5-61 to 

Hnn. John RQUfl3ftlflL frnm 




OPINION PAGE 



A Call To Vigilantes 

THE FOUNDER of the John Birch' Society, Robert 
Welch* apparently, considers eaqh member a potential 
vigilante whose destiny ft is to' pass- patriotic judgment 
on hut neighbor. 

We assume that this la so because he has Just ap- 
pealed to society members to help compile "the most 
complete and accurate file In America on leading 
syraps (Communist sympathizers), socialists and lib- 
erals.'* 

Such people, says Welch, are trying to change the 
American political and economic structure so that It 
may be merged with Soviet Russia In a "one-world so- 
cialist government." 

IT IS EASY TO FORESEE the end result of this ap- 
peal. Every busybody and Paul Pry in the Birch Society 
win be compiling his own list o! suspects, a list which 
varies according to the individual's own definition of 
"comsymps" and which is generously compounded of 
rumor, bias, hearsay and personal animosity. 

In this process, loyal citizens of liberal persuasions— 
citizens who believe profoundly in the BUI of Rights, for 
example— will inevitably find their way on to the Birch 
Society's list' of Communist sympathizers who- are striv- 
ing with the Soviet Union- toward "a one-world socialist 
government*' 

THE BUSINESS OF TURNING LOOSE a flock of 
eager vigilantes to spy on their fellow Americans Is not 
something to be lightly dismissed as a Welch eccentric- 
ity. This is the sort of activity which can irresponsibly 
destroy reputations and breed ill-founded suspicions 
while contributing absolutely nothing to national secu- 
rity. 

Before the Birch Society proceeds too far with such 
a monumentar folly, it might profitably consider what 
J. Edgar Hoover had to say about vigilantes of this type 
In his book, "Masters of Deceit." Thus he warned: 

THE FBI IS NOT INTERESTED" in what a person 
thinks but what he does to undermine our national secu- 
rity. Don't try to do any investigating yourself: Security 
Investigations require great care and effort The inno- 
cent must be protected as well as the guilty Uentttled. 
This Is the job for professional Investigators. Hysteria, 
witch hunts and rigDantes weaken our national secu- 
rity." 

The emphasis is ours. We hope Chief Vigilante Welch 
and his friends take due note of it - 



"Valley Times Today" 

North Hollywood, California 

7AV61 

Pg. 2 of 2nd Section, Col. 1 

Editorial page 
Editor: JACK BERGER 1 
Publisher: ROBERT N. WEED 

Re: JOHN BIRCH SOCIETY 

(Editorial comment re 
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SUBJECT: JOHN BIRCH SOCIETY 

INFORMATION CONCERNING 



Enclosed herewith for the Bureau's Information Is 
an editorial concerning the John Birch Society and a quotation 
from Director J. EDGAR HOOVER'S book, "F4aBters of Deceit. 1 ' 



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THE PUBLIC FORUM 

I The purpose of this department is to permit a public expression of opinions by citizens 
and taxpayers, but no letter containing purely personal or abusive matter will be acceptable 

' for publication. Name and address must accompany every letter even though an anonymous 
% signature is used. Any opinion expressed herein has no connection with the editorial policy 
of this newspaper. 

Accuse 'News' of Slanting in Rally Article 



Eclitpr, The News: 

For close to 30 years I have 
^fijoyed and had the highest 
Respect for The News. Re- 
cently, however, The News 
joined the People's World in 
shearing the John Birch So- 
SifiEy, and now we find a 
strictly one-sided "reporting" 
he Faith and Freedom 

a little disappointed! 
!a little more and I might 
loroughly disillusioned. 
I^HFeel Misrepresented 

fairness it should hav«j 
""' ~ noted that most publid 
ings make no provision 
question and answer 
tods, particularly when the 
am is lo ng. 

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As for the "news report" 
that the National Council of 
Churches "represents" 39,000,- 
000 people, elementary logic 
and accurate reporting re- 
quires that it be pointed out 
that this is the number of 
members in the constituent 
denominations. 

Multitudes of these mem- 
bers, however, feel the Na- 
tional Council of Churches 
really "mis-represents" them. 

And, as for the statement 
of Dr. Staves that J. Edgar 
Hoover has stated that "re- 
cent attacks on churches as 
being Communist infiltrated 
are unfounded." I find this 
claim rather hard to reconcile 
with his statement that, "I 
confess to . a real apprehen- 
sion so long as Communists 
are able to secure ministers 
of the Gospel to promote their 
evil work." 

In his book, "Masters of De- 
ceit," he discusses the matter 
of the .communist's making 
common, cause with certain- 
liberal church-men. 

Commonly, critics of the 
John Birch Society, and the 



American Council of Christ 
Churches, also scoff at the; 
statement that 7000 clergy - 
ment have aided the Commu> 

nist cause in one or m >o r e^jJJY HEWS AID GROT SHEEf 

cases. They state that it im- 

possible to document such a ■cw,*j tt n in/i 

charge. When news mediaDate Xriaay, July 7, 1961 
quote no replies to such Section 1, Page Cols* 1-3 

charges the assumption is that Vn t ,t,,,,<, n i -Pn-rn i n 
replies can't be made. VcJl iwys, ^axixorma 

Support Accusation 
Such an implication is f alse.F.n j * nr " erdinand Mendenhall 
Files available to the House 

un-American activities com-TQo AflGELES FIELD DIVISION 
wtd'suppo"^ -tofSSS^^ n^tionlng the Director 

wouia support ine accusations „ thum dtd^u onPTWv 
and probably increase the™ oum amL> ^ oUUlETX 
number to more like 8000, or Lft. FILE 100 - 5&001 # 
about 3% of the total clergy 
of the United States. 

I have two books in my own, 
library that give a total of 
3520 such clergymen by name 
and record, 2109 Methodists, 
and 1411 Episcopalians. If two 
denominations provide one- 
half the claimed number, How 
many would be provided by 
more than 200 other denomi- 
nations? 

JACK SCHLIC'HT 
SepuWe ' u T " 1 .* 1 " 




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decision handed down by the Supreme Court and the &££ant <^n 
thp American Communist Party. He was introduced by | 



who made the statement that in the future, the political 
struntnrp will hp. such as to find a place for great men 

like and little people like her and the people 

in the audience. 



proceeded to explain the Courts 

decision as the most bungled in the history of the Court; 
vague in its content and rediculous in logic. He assured 
the audience that they had nothing to worry about as there 
will be no immediate danger with respect to mass legal 
action due to the procedural process protection afforded 
by the American Jurisprudence system. This decision was 
10 yea^s in the making but that thjs decision lays the 
groundwork for more rapid procedural processes and could 
eventually be dangerous to the Communist Party. Also, although 
there was so real danger from the Attorney-General's office 
because of procedural processes, there might be a possibility 
of ferment and direct action of the local police groups, private 
organizations such as the John Birch Society, K.K.K., etc. 
He concluded with 'the need for worry was not great since 
no one needs to be a blind opt omist to foresee a political 
change , in 5, 7, or 10 years from now.' He refers to the point 
that he made earlier, that it would take that long to finalize 
a prosecution. 



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the John Birch Society, is very interested in their Society, 
believes that he hates pdice and law enforcement officers 
in general, made the statement that he was going to join 
the American Legion Post as a means to assist him in 
spreading the gospel of the John Birch Society and has 
made numerous argumentative statements concerning this 
country, the officials running the country; has stated that 
a "revolution" will be coming a»n, possibly this year, and 
has a voy dogmatic attitude in that he considers everyone 
who does not agree with him as being a communist. 



but 



stated he has avoided an y dissuasion s with 
stated he also understood that claims 



to be a close associate of some "big-shot" in the John Birch 



Society in the San Ber nardin o . Cal ifornia . area, and has 

""^lbeen given "assi gnments" 



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by this unknown Birch lea der which takes 
areas outside ojJ 



to various 

and out of the state or dalifomia. 



stated he was making the above information 
availaDjLe ror wnatever interest it might be to the FBI, 

RECOMMENDATION : Search and index name of subject 
and complainant . If any unidentifiable, file in 100-0 section. 

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acted as chairman of the meeting, 
reported he had purchased material for the 
construction of FW stands and suggested the club member- 
ship have a work party to make the stands . The suggestion 
was agreed to by the membership | then announced that 

the PW fund raising party. which was sponsored by the club 
on 3/11/61 was disappointing in that only $48.00 was 
raised. 



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writer. ! l advised that the American Civil Liberties 

Union (ACLTJ) is planning a big meeting in April of this 
year to discuss the problems confronting Orange County 
as a result of the JOHN BIRCH SOCIETY and various Anti- 
Communist Schools . 



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to write an article for the orange 
neaaer's .bulletin." 



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add nothing further to the above. 

All necessary action in connection with this 
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But Mosk Doesn't Lite If 

Ho Birch Probe 
Scheduled in Cat. 

SACRAMENTO, Aug. 2 (UPI)— State Atty. Gen. 
Stanley Mosk today announced that there would be 
no official investigation of the John Birch Society. 

But unofficially he doesn't® 
like it. 

Mosk, in a 15-page report to 



Gov. Edmund G. Brown, said 
in a single sentence "We have 
not conducted an investiga- 
tion of the John Birch Soci- 
ety, nor do we intend to." 

"The Birch Society has 
an equal right with the 
Prohibitionists, the Vege- 
tarians, the Republicans, 
the Democrats, or, for that 
matter, with any American, 
to an expression of his 
views; and no official can 
say them nay," he ex- 
plained. 

PERSONAL VffiW 
The remainder of the docu- 
ment contained Mosk's "per- 
sonal opinion." 

"The cadre of the John 
Birch Society," he said, 
"seems to be formed pri- 
marily of wealthy business- 
men, retired military officers 
and little old ladies in tennis 
shoes." 

He said that they were 
bound together by an "obses- 
sive" fear of communism, 
whiSh they define to mean 
any Ideas differing from their 
ownf 

"|n response to this fear 
he continued, "they aie 
willing to give up a large 
measure of the freedoms 



guaranteed- them by the U.S.. 
Constitution," 

"They are pathetic." 
Mosk called the Birch So- 
ciety founder, Robert Welch, 
"an embittered candy ma- 
ker." He said that Welch sees 
himself "in the role of a mar- 
tyr." 

Mosk, a democrat, noted 
that the official Democratic 
Party is on record publicly re- 
pudiating the Birch Society. 
"Most leading Republicans 
have taken a similar stand," 
he said. 

But he added that "De- 
spite the repudiation by Re- 
publican leadership, some 
Republican groups do give 
the society the encourage- 
ment of a forum. Two Re- 
publican congressmen ffom 
Southern California, JMgar 
Hiestand and John Rous, 
selot, have admitted mem- 
bership in the organiza- 
tion." _ .1 



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Bircfi Society Seeks Essays 
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TULSA (UPI>— The John 
Birch Society has announced 
a $2,500 essay contest on 
"Grounds for the Impeach- 
ment of Supreme Court 
Justice Earl Warren.'' 

Robert Welch, founder- 
head of the society, made 
the announcement at the 
opening Friday of the third 
annual Christian Crusade 
convention, where he was 
keynote speaker. 

Witnesses to 1'ast year's 
San Francisco demonstra- 
tions against the House Un- 
American Activities Commit- 
tee were scheduled to speak 
in today's session. Reliable 
sources said they may make 
statements attacking another 
"liberal" member of the high 
court. 



Willis Carto, founder of the 
Liberty Lobby, and Dr. G. 
Archer Weniger, Baptist pas- 
tor, both from the San Fran- 
cisco area, were to give per- 
sonal observations about the 
demonstrations. A movie on 
the subject, "Operation Abo- 
lition," was to be shown. 

THE CONVENTION is 
sponsored by a radio evangel- 
ist, Dr. Billy James Hargis, 
who has led bitter attacks on 
the National Council of 
Churches for what he called 
Communist infiltration, 

"Welch said the essay con- 
test concerning Warren 
would offer a top prize of 
■$1,000, with eight lesser 
prizes. Undergraduates at 
American universities ' this 
j fall will be eligible. 



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He said the contest, which 
is to be detailed in the "Birch 
magazine in August, would 
encourage students to study 
for acts of subversion. 

The Birch Society founder, 
keynoting the convention, 
said Communists have infil- 
trated the American system 
in the places they are least 
expected. 

He said about 3%. of the 
Protestant ministers in 
America' are Communists 
who took the posts for power 
and to work corruption. He 
said other institutions, the 
government and business 
have the same infiltration. 

An orderly crowd listened 
while he spoke on Commu- 
nist methods. He avoided 
linking any leading Amer- 
icans with the Eeds. 



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BIRCHERS AIM 
ESSAY CONTEST 
AT WARREN 

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TULSA ±- Robert H. 
; W. Welch Jr. disclosed 
s here Friday that the 
j John Birch" Society will 
' conduct an essay contest 
this fall on- fhe impeach- 
ment of Earl' Warren as 
chief justice of the Unit- ! 
ed States. . 

First prize in the con- j 
test, open to all college j 
students, will be $1,000. J 
Second and third prizes I 
of $500 and $300 will be ! 
offered, as Well as five 
additional $100 prises. I 
The subject of the essay j 
is to be "Grounds for the i 
Impeachment of War- 
ren." 

Welch, founder'- of the 
right-wing society, said 
he thought many of the 
chief justice's actions 
and decisions over the 
last few years had 
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was fitting that the President of 
I the American Bar Assn., which is de- 
j voted to preserving government by law, 
be the person to answer the John Birch 
! Society's latest attack on Chief Justice 
Earl Warren. 

ABA President Whitney North Sey- 
mour's remarks were triggered by the 
announcement that the Birch Society 
will sponsor an essay contest among col- 
lege students, giving a §1,000 first prize 
for an essay on "grounds for impeach- 
ment", of Mr. Warren. 

The Birch Society has conducted a 
campaign to impeach Mr. Warren, say- 
ing his decisions aided Communism. 
V Seymour said this was not legitimate 
ciiticism, but was personal vilification 
wfcich all lawyers must deplore and no 
responsible person would encourage. 
Seymour made a strong point in say- 



ing that the ignorant are misled by such 
false implications of misconduct into dis- 
respect for our institutions. 

Members of the Birch Society answer 
that if his decisions help Communism, 
he must be removed from office. 

Such blind fixation upon a single idea 
is destructive to our way of life. 

The decisions which Birch Society 
members deplore are first of all intended 
to protect the freedoms which permit the 
Birch Society and other political organi- 
zations to exist. 

If Communists are aided by the deci- 
sions, that is an unfortunate coincidence. 

We still have laws which prohibit the 
overthrow of government by Commu- 
nist methods, and these must be upheld. 



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£he 



Birch Society weakens these anti-Ofm- 



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Letters to the Editor 



osk on John Birch Probe 



So* State Attorney General Stanley 
,Mosk does not want to investigate the 
,John Birch Society, even though the so- 
ciety requests it. 

Who can blame him? 

Who wants to investigate what he 
terms "a pathetic group oMittle old ladies 
in tennis shoes"? 

It would be 50 much more exciting to 
investigate why Mr. Mosk does not want 
to investigate the John Birch Society. 

v. HANSEN, Hawthorne. 

Calls It Poor Judgment 

As a citizen, Mr. Stanley Mosk is cer- 
, tainly free to think what he wants and to 
voice his opinion of the John Birch 
Society. 

However, and I am not a John Bircher, 
as Attorney General of our state, the stu- 
pid, childish and asinine statements attrib- 
uted to Mr. Mosk most certainly show very 
poor Judgment and are unbecoming the 
: prestige and dignity of his high office. 

I hope the many readers of your fine 
newspaper win remember Mr. MosK's re- 
marks come the next time he runs for 
Office. E. J. JAMISON. 

Asks, Why Afraid? 

in answer to the article quoting state 
Attorney General Stanley Mosk as stating 
there would not be any investigation of 
the John Birch Society, 3 would like to 
ask a few questions: First, why is he 
afraid to do this? 

It seems to me that this would be his 
duty as Attorney General for the State of 
California. 

I understand the Birch Society request- 
ed this Investigation, not only by the state 
.but *lso by the United States Attorney 
I Gene al. Why are they afraid to investi- 
! gate?J 

There must be some reason. What can 
it be? 

Governor Brown made some state- 
ments he thought voters might forget. 



He Inferred that members of the Blftch 
Society were worse than Communists, f&id 
referred to them as Fascists, Nazis and 
radicals. 

Now Stanley Mosk states: "The Birch 
Society seems to be formed primarily of 
wealthy. businessmen, retired military of- 
ficers and little old ladies in tennis shoes." 

What a snide and malicious remark 
from an elected state official. 

These "little old ladies in tennis shoes," 
the businessmen, the retired military offi- 
cers who have been relieved of their com- ; 
mand for telling the American people thfe 
truth about the Communists in our high 
American positions, are not to be sold 
down the river. 

Why pick on the Birch society when 
there are hundreds of other organizations 
fighting the same battle? L. A. H. 

Says lie Ms Pathetic 

In my opinion, the one that is pathetic 
is Stanley Mosk and not members of the 
John Birch Society. 

When I compare the fine class of 
Americans composing the society with the 
general run of those critical of it, I am 
convinced it is a fine organization. 

Hurrah for two good congressmen, Eld- 
gar Hiestand and John Rousseiot. 

I would be glad to help retire Mosk; 
to private life. I am sure California 
would be much better off. 

I. C. GRUBBS. 

Bareioot and Mrni Mums 

Regarding Attorney General Stanley 
Mosk's statement on the Birch Society. He 
states, "The cadre of the John Birch So- 
ciety seems to be formed principally of 
wealthy businessmen, retired military of- 
ficers and little old ladies in tennis shoes." 

I wish to clarify just one pointy True, 
we are ladies and some are little ana some 
are old, but please, no tennis shoes. It's 
barefoot and muu muus. ] 

GOLDIE WATERS, 
Manhattan Beach. 



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Reference is made to your recent letter . 



Although I would like very much to be 
able to assist you, i mu3t advise that the Federal 
Bureau of Investigation is strictly an investigative 
agency and information in our files is confidential 
and available for official use only. Furthermore, 
the Federal Bureau of Investigation makes no 
evaluations or recommendations concerning the 
character or integrity of any organization, individual 
or publication. You should not interpret our 
inability to furnish any comment as implying that 
we do or do not have Information in our files concern- 
ing the subject of your inquiry. 



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Shower 
On Mosk 

Atty. Gen. Stanley Mosk, 
almost up to his knees in 
sneakers, said today John ! 
Birch Society members have 
been instructed to send him 
tennis shoes. 

The barrage of shoes,' which 
was aimed primarily at his 
Sacramento office, came 
after he described the right- 
wing organization headed by 
candymaker Robert Welch as 
a group of "wealthy business- 
men, retired military officials 
and little old ladies in tennis 
shoes." 

With almost 50 pair of 1 
sneakers beginning to stack! 
up in his Capitol office and 
others dribbling into San Fran- 
cisco, Mosk said: i 

"l understand Birch So- 
ciety cells are being in- 
structed to send me tennis , 
shoes. Since they so oppose 
foreign aid, we shall for- 
ward all shoes to charitable 
i agencies, helping our needy 
anti-Communist friends 
overseas. 

"fl hope, however/' Mpsb 
said) "the shoes will nofbe 
for the right foot only. IfVe 
prefer well-balanced peo|le r 
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Location of Fullerton Bircli 
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SANTA ANA <OCNS> - Cev lett of Santa Ana, had contends! 



tain questions p; 'taining to min- 
utes and other records of the Ful- 
lerton branch ef the John Birch 
Society must be answered before 
Aug. 31 by a defendant in a $150,- 
000 slander suit filed by a La Hab- 
ra minister. 

This was, the ruling by Superior 
Judge, Robert Kneeland Wednes- 
day in a civil action, f^d by Rex 



such questions were "immaterial 
and irrelevant" to the slander 
lawsuit. 

While ruling the defendant must 
answer four of the questions, the 
judge- also upheld the dentist's ob- 
jections concerning about 20 oth- 
er questions, 

Based on the judge's ruling, the 
Fullerton man will not have to an- 



Arthur E. Harrington r flf the La swer questions pertaining to the 
Ha bra Methodist Church, again.-! present and former membership 



Dr. Jaxaftfc Jil Gart4 of Fulle r^m 
The matter cajrfe to a heacl last 



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week 

to answer 
pertain 



Dr. Garry I'etused 
a series of questions 
ng to the John Birch 
group, its membership and opera- 
tion. His attorney, Anmld Hew- 



of the Fullerton branch of the or 
ganization, meetings, and persons 
and groups connected with the so- 
ciety. 

However, the questions that 
must be answered include the ex- 
istence and location of all records 



pertaining to membership and. Jj- 
nanciai matters of the John Birch 
group and the Fullerton chapter; 
where these records are located 
and the persons in charge of 
the-m;. and the whereabouts of 
all by-laws and rules of procedure 
for the group. 

The doctor was also ordered 
to reanswer a questioning pertain- 
ing to who was present at the 
Chrysler Auditorium in Anaheim 
last Feb. 9 when the alleged re- 
marks were made about the min- 
ister. 

Rev. ' Harrington claims helwas 
called a Communist by the\?e- 
fendant at the Anti-Communvet 
gathering, an allegation denied by 
the 1 defendant. 



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The above called at this office to make inquiry concerning' the 
John Birch Society o^if the FBi had any literature concerning 
the sagae# No comments w ere made re this organization and he was 
informed that tMs pffM^ nnniA rmt h»ir> H - - ■ - 

the son of FBI Agen*J 



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(Conceal, his request) established contact of Los Angeles 
Office, confidentially advised that the "Route 65" televi- 
sion Company will be in Boston in late August and expects 
to shoot on August 29 j 19&1 in the City of Boston an episode 
in the television series to be titled "To ^alte With the 
Serpent" The main character will be a person bearing the 
name, "JOIIN BEACHMONT" or similar, and the film is indicated 
as bearing on the theme of the John Birch Society, and 
appealing to readers of such journals as "Harper 1 Si' 
"Saturday Review of Literature " and "The Nation l' 



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Instant "Route 66" series is sponsored on tele- 
vision by Chevrolet* 

New York Offices of Screen Gems, inc«, are believed 
to be at 711 Fifth Avenue. 

Copies are furnished New York and Boston for 
information. 



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go; Chioaso DATE i^fr BY W-aWn 

SUxniohed herewith to the Bureau to? irateraation 
Is the ©rietnal ana one phat«at**fc of the .-cue^mt smilng of 
captioned e^aup, XI 8c#t& Kafcash .Avenue* C&ie&oo S# Illinois, 
ahicfc ahows ^unaer tfca new &c;afcio±> <telns thq 'teste 
months * 011 P.B.I. Agesttf ^ ****** flre3e*rad fco .rtsftaa- fchei?? 



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ZSHHaF with tha iwk* of the sr^^P "We* ther Beop>Xo ! I*. 
I n fetetij&bea tnatant gro^ as £e£iriitely sot a f^oBt 

SS*6ap ^^KLt3^m of the John SU^li Society* --Se $a£& 
Speculate i&at the origin of ths obvlLoualjr J^l^ar ^Bt 
statement in paogptolst ©igkt aadse In afc urtie^o appearing 
In a irooent tissue of "Human Bvsnfce*, national oon8£rvativ0 
o^e X&ttexv Washington, wM<?h vaguely osnvoyed the 

eenae tfto Attorney oonwal eiven arte 
Investigation W the FBI of cmjsunist lamias* 
■ deoIo#fc4 tte f&lslty of itg$ is :tfe&. PeopXei" we? . sin 



£$a fo*> mis concozii in tiiis zreapeot, 



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^further la^ui^y is ■fesins oontfucfcotf &ith 
est$&2iBi3&d aouz*ooa of tha i&s Atigslea. Gffies, mpy la 
feetEu fH2?ialstee<i to the Chisecp ■Of flee f or suets action 
as appears desirable in view of pi'oli&toly nuntfvlsally limited 
but appa^ntly wide- national sailing, of instant shaot* 



Complaint Form 
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a&d received a telephone call from subject* 
that before subject could say very mneh he got mad and told hira of'f, 

the subject ! s only comment being "Very Wbll see what to do about ^ 
this towmcr row # ' •? ' 7 

further advised that he had caibled irt esse there Was 



any trouble at his home AW as ne na( 3 two small children he taas 
worried about it. was advised that he should . con tact the 

Lcbj£ Angelas Police Department and if there was any further calls 
to keep &h© FBI advised. \ 



advised further that he is a member of: tlpe. COLD WAR 

COUNCIL, ASJD ^HE ARMS OP I^IEftDSHlP, the latter ar6 the; sponsors 

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Federal Bureau of Investigation 
Specie! Agent in Charge, F.B.I. 
1540 V. 6th Street 
Los Angeles, California 



Gentlemen , 

Thank you for the print 3d racterinl rou sent in 
answer to rajy request telephone,, After looking over 
the different printings I would like for r^ r mailing this, 
month; 25 copies each; ' 
"OTMJIUST PARTY, U.S.A." 

THF COMCTI-ST MStiAC^; Red Goals and Christian Ideals 
Communism: The Bitter ^nerny of Religion 



Would it possible for you to Bond me also an "ATTOKl'IKI 

GENERALS LIST"? I would appreciate one for my own ref- 
erence „ 



Thank you, 



13^0 uest Sixth Street 
Los toseles 17* California 
Sept-saber la, 1951 










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Reference Is ca&o to your recent letter. 

tto&er separate cover 1 forwarding you 
tfoe material you requested. In connection tilth your 
^Gq&ost for a list, it is suggested, that you direct 
STGi&s 1 inquiry to the United States Department of 
JUstSteo., Attention Subvorsiva Organizations Section j 
Internal Security Division^ UcshingtoSj, B*C. 

Very truly yours., 



Special Agent in Charge 




1 - addressee Literature sent: 

1 - 100-59001 

JOS: linn 25 copies each of" Communist Party, tfSA n 

(2) "The Communist Menace: Red Goals and 

Christian Ideals, 1 ' and "Communism: 
The Bitter Enemy of Religion" 



INDEXED 



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LA 80-406 



Ends. : 1. 


Expose of Soviet Espionage, May i960 


2. 


The Communists Are After Our Minds 


3. 


Red Infiltration of Labor Unions 


4. 


How to Beat Communism 




Communist Party, USA 


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Communist "New Look" - A Study in Duplicity 


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America - Freedoms Champion 




Communism: The' Bitter Enemy of Religion 


9. 


Htxe Communist Menace: Red Goals and Christian 


Ideals 


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One Nation's Response to Communism 


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Communist Illusion and Democratic Reality 


12. 


Poster - What You Can Do to Fight Communism 



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Closed are verifaxed copies of 1*) your letter to nc concern \ne S#) 'die eiwelops 
sent to you witfc 1&e 6pp&lXi*i£ tv?i*tod zlbgrn, tm loiters? v/ritter* tyr th& 
ex-aenber who oent the efl^lepe* X .tboug&t X h&& n<mt yon ths' later Isttesv 
found It in filed, W col,vcd the- problott of ttlie Iiad trcittcn the thing the 
day received ^ur. i^tter, 

Ity husVond then tattsed tnl 
thing like tiyVi fcflalja. ' 



I ^rnyiiwad Jje wouldn't do any- 
Jwroto ur t! e first letter, :*y lausoond 



ar ragged for Ma to s&e t':o indoctrination ££lct and then to road Blue Book* 
Aftor thet !io fctton&ed several tiootinsa* . th© advoroo puMfcity broke and 
th* second letter eeiae. Since ^ Nuoband's oonvoroatioa uith, 

hta» we te.ve !iad no contact ^:.tU 



My husband fcolo ttntT 



] diciikee «Jojre &nd to <tuo£sC 
away vh»n addressing V:o cntr^xopol " I|e does not fsel tlmi 



l_*£ot carried 
Jd^d it 



either to try to discredit the John Birch Society or our obapter in particular*- 
I m not ?.n complete a^reoiaofct witfe ^uoM^d on this seora* but usslecc anything 
else hti ^pom, cit 1 or fran tl&e source or froti cot^o other (eit-ier wit-: in. or uitlw 
out the Society) to attwapt to discredit pur particular copter, 1 shall £0 
alo»5 fcltti say tawfcftad'a decision in,t'^ aattor, " 



? r.'c s iad four copies iaade of your latter, 
envalopa* 1 Imvo been ill a bit a 
A eet Ii&d been giyozi 



>& ill a bit aad 



two letters | -c^d the 

have' upVpecft tiwso to yott fee £ ol-ould* 

of the X*«A« Office* Ke arc rct&5, ftiry: the 

ordinal O, and I m& £iyin£ one copy to tho postiBftstor "here t ri to n t!io 

letter uent tlirou<*!: t' at post oStico and a report n&y have been nadc on it* th^ 
other oopy I ifac coiicidering etrndin^; to tT» P,B.Z» botli because e report isighi 
have been n^.de Upon it Dy tbe post of floe htsre ar.d also to slo^' tihat tl;e Society 
does nbout cuoh t'.ings uiV.^.n itself ♦ X «ould appreoiato your advice on t;\io 
letter mtter» 



Sinoor&iy* 



Robert Wclcm 

Tbt Coaacti 

N. E. Adamcow, J a. 

TttOtlAS J. A WOE MOW 
T. CtKLKMJiN Awdqevb 
SPQDILLS OaADBH 

Lau&ehce E. Sunken 
F. Gaho Chance 

StULVELL j. COM NEB 

Ralph E. Datb 
S. W. DuftiaoMCH 
Rbv. Rkhaiw Ginoed 
^m. J. Gnson* 
A. G. Heinsohn, Jii.* 
GnANvuxE F. Knight 
F»bd C. Koch* 
Alphed KoHutenct 
Claaemcb Manion* 
Fran a E, Mau.«nd, Jn. 
N. Floyd McGowin 
W. B. McMtu.uK 
Revilo P. Olwer 
Cola G. P Attn eh 
M. T. Pholps 

L4VIS RUTMENDURC 

J. N elbow Shepherd 
J a wo Simpson, Jn.f 

H.OQBHT W. STI30I>At^)• 

Chaole* B. Stone, III 
Paul H. Taldekt 

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tJa hovQ recently received a petition fop The Iiapea ctsaent 
of Borl fefeLTreno I ara enclosing the letter uhl&h carried 
the petition to us« b T Q do not like to see the envelopes 
of our BKEibars marked op in this fash ion o He are part- 
icularly upset about the slogan written at ths top of tha 
envelope "This is A Republic Hot a Jew Democracy Lot's 
Keep It That VJay^ This ales -use of our slogan ia in very 
poor taste As you knosr, the casmuniot^ in this country 
are trying to i&alsa th© Society eppsar to be nothing more 
than an anti-sssitic group o t3o are not an &nti«=8<saitic 
groups and tsq try to mke it clear to ©veryon© that tkis 
is true* 

Iwtrish you would investigate to see who is responsible for 
this matter in your Chapter <, Please infora the member that 
eit&ar he or she should refrain from doing this in the 
future o bsf© hope you will be quite fim and emphatic about 
fenio raafeter* fete wish you contined ouccess in all your pat- 
riotic efforts* and Mr., e&lch Joins ess in sending you our 
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ROAMING AROUND 

i, Wiih AUSTIN CQNOVER , 

Br. Schwarz on John Birch 

A John Birch Society member called, my attention to the 

article entitled "Far-right Revivalists" in the, Sept. 1 issue 
] of Life' Magazine, saying; "This is typical Ajnerican press 
; reporting.'' , . 

Turning to Los Feliz Lions Club members, : he asked for 
; a , show, of hands from those who have attended ' or followed 
^ on TV Dr. Fred C. Schwarz's Southern California School of 
' Anti-communism, which was held at' the ; Los Angeles Sports 
; Arena. last week'. 

Almost every hand went up. -In fact, Dr 
Myron Pexton and I had ' been discussing 
the '.school before the meeting. We agreed! 
that it was needed and ■-. that the subject of 
communism was presented, especially by Dr. 
Schwarz, in , a cleiar'. and i.: scholarly vmanner. 

This is typical'-df the "comments' that I've 
heard at- meetings -since the/Opening ; of We 
school. The overwhelming majority 're- 
marked: "It's . about, time that; we've had 
such a rally" and "I never knewwhat com- 
munism was all about until T heard Dr. 
Schwarz." 




AUSTIN 
CONOVER 



At the school I asked Dr. Schwarz about 
the John Birch Society. He said: "There 
are a lot of genuinely concerned; citizens in it, citizens 
who want to save America from communism." 

I did not ask him about his salary; Life Magazine states: 
'"Schwarz himself , landed in this country (from Australia) 
with $10 in his pocket in 1953, but has, built the 'crusade' 
into a' $500,000 business." ' . ; . , . . 

, This, is the Horatio , Alger story that I belieye deserves 
commendation." . .' .-.' . . * 

*■ * '. * ' * * j * . . ". ■ 

The John Birch Society has a program' that includes more 
than combating communism. It is • opposed . to foreign aid, 
seeks withdrawal of the U.S. from the United .Rations and 
advocates the abolition- of the federal - personal income tax. 

When queried as' to what is to take. the place of the in- 
come tax, the Birch Society. members have told me that they 
look for increase in government efficiency to' replace the need 
for income tax money. ' " ", ~, 



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Hollywood, California 
Thursday, 9/7/1961 
Los Angeles Field Division 

RE: JOHN BIRCH SOCIETY 
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Complainant advised that the other evening she went to her friends L 
home, subject' above, where the picture, "communism otf the Map "was b 
shown. Later, another friend said that | [ belonged to 

the John Birch Society* At the meeting a pampniet was poassed out, . 
"Legislative Bulletin" Federa 1, address PO 276 , Cprona Del '-Mar; 'Call: !" 



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but still she has heard the John Birch Society is wrong* She desired 
to adviseji this office* Also that her name be kept confidential* 



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Told to AH Newcom 




Town Meeting: California 
aoon will be the most populous 
state to the Union. A little over 
100 years ago it was just an 
outpost of civilization. 

Most Calif ornians know little 
of their state's glorious begin- 
ning. The. story is told of a 
lady who visited San Juan 
Capistrano mission- and asked 
a priest, "Father, why did thev. 
build the mission so close to 
the railroad tracks?" 

California' is now celebrating 
its 111th year of statehood. 
Admission Day reminds us 
that history is stranger than 
fiction. 

This writer's grandparents 
sailed through the Golden 
Gate in early 1851. From them 
I often heard the story of this 
state's 'early years. It is a 
story that should be told to 
all newcomers. 

-JOHN C. CROWE. 
* * * 

OUR HERITAGE 

Town Meeting: We are be- 
ing fed a constant supply of 
propaganda, some true", some ' 



false. We have John Birchers, 
Dr. Schwarzers etc., each 
with his own cure for com- 
munism. Whether they are 
selfish or selfless remains to 
be seen. Whether they are an 
ointment or removers of the 
core of the cancer also 're- 
mains to be. seen. 
■ I " suggest that the U.S. 
Printing Office print a book 
containing every precious 
document upon which this 
country was founded. This 
should "be distributed to every 
person who receives mail 
bearing a U.S. postmark. 

Millions of new citizens are 
unfamiliar' with our country's 
institutions and- ideals.- Mil- 
' lions more ■ who were born 
here or have lived here many 
years could stand a refresher 
course: These documents, as 
they are without the .addition 
of any bias on the part of any 
society s would enlighten every ' 
one of us and help toVcure our 
confusion. ■ ~ \ 

— C. F- PETERSEN ■ 



"THE CITIZEN NEWS,'* 
Hollywood, California 
9/1U/61 

Letters to the Editor (Town Meeting) 
Los Angeles Field Division 

REs JOHN BIRCH SOCIETY 
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Hit by Welch 



CHICAGO m— Robert W.l 
Welch, founder of the ultra* 
conservative John Birch So-j 
c.iety, has described democ-j 
racy- as "mob rule," and "thet 
•worst form of government 
there is." j 
He made the statements} 
} Sunday in an address to the 
| seventh annual Constitution! 
i Day convention of We, The[ 
,i People, a conservative politi-j 

■ cal action and anti-Commu- 
nist group. * I 

■ . L . Welch told his audience of 
"£00: "Our' founding fathers 

; knew what democracy was 
{ and they didn't want it." j 
i/ .'He contended that this* 
. 'country had been governed 
| bs a republican form of apv-j 
f.eapment until the admijpis-; 

tiptiori of Woodrow Wilson, 
i Awien it shifted to a detgoc- 

racy. 



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LO^ ANGELES, CALIF. 

LOS ANGELES FIELD DIVISION 



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Congressman, 22nd District 



v The Gen. Walker case has 
'stirred considerable interest, 
both in Washington and in 
Southern California. 
'* The Dept. of Defense has 
J>een accused bipartisan 
■critics of the present admin- 
istration of muzzling military 
■leaders and refusing to teach 
Jiur troops the evils of com 



jAvith Welch's John Birch So- 

secondly, a highly questionable 

charge, I am pleased to reporqbproach. 
'that the Dept. of Defense has' ' Additionally, he was vigor- 



anumsm. 
In answer to the 



but we will keep a complete 
set on hand there. 
Campaigns Among Troops 
The other allegation, that 
military leaders are being 
muzzled, must be evaluated 
in light of the fact that Walk- 
er, as a division commander, 
was carrying on an education- 
al program nearly identical 



a very intelligent, vigorous 
Jnd effective program to teach 
i-our troops the evils of com- 
munism, how it operates and 
'■■how to defend against it. 
> Anypne interested in re- 
viewing the series of texts 
<used for this purpose is wel- 
come to do so at the Congres- 
sional Office, 14513 Sylvan St., 
^Van Nuys. 

v The present supply of hooks 
■3s insufficient to" distribute, 



Consider Program 
Imagine the possibilities an 
incumbent President would 
have if he "urged" all senior 
military 'leaders to use his 
version of the ACA Index on 
jthe troops. - <^~^"~ 
I The efficacy of such a pro- 
igram must be considered in 
view of the fact that all the 
|way from top to bottom, from 
President to general, general 
to colonel, and so forth, mili- 
tary authority ..is much more 
complete than authority - in. 
.civilian activity. 1 
This is necessary and prop-J 
jer so long as this authority 1 
is exercised for military pur- 
poses. *=* — 
[N^t is unfortunate that par- 
tisan charges were hurled so 
freely in the Walker case be- 
fore the facts were known. 

A complete review of the 
matter clearly indicates thati 
the Dept. of Defense has a! 
very good course of instruc- 
tion on what communism is! 
and how to cope with it, and; 
thafc^fea-£apt. of. i £eSsanJ^is i 
enforcing laws passed by'fc 



ously campaigning among his 
troops and their wives and 
dependents for certain per. 
sons seeking federal elective 
office. 

He was urging that those 
under his command vote for 
candidates recommended by 
the ACA Index. 

The seriousness of this of- 
fense leads me to question 
whether the Dept. of Defense 
was warranted in disposing of 
the 'case with a mere repri 
mand. The only justification 
for such leniency is Walker's 
combat record. 

Protect Supremacy 

Our history, our Constitu- 
tion and our statutes preserve 
the supremacy of civil- author- 
ity, The Constitution provides 
that the President shall be 
the commander-in-chief, 

Whn we see the number of 
democracies which have fall- 
en to military coups, histor- 
ically and currently, we see 
the wisdom of the founding 
■*aEir«s--iining~ffllffl;itutional 
provision. 

Beyond retaining this ulti- 
mate civil supremacy, our 
statutes prohibit the military 
from perverting their power 
for political purposes for two 
good reasons, 

First, to protect the civil 
supremacy; second, and of 
equal importance, to prevent 
civil officials from using their 
superior position to force sup- 
port for themselves from mili- 
tary leaders. 

Let us suppose for a mo- 
ment that political action such 
as that engaged in by Walker 
were condoned. It is not fan- 
tasy to visualize a general 
spending a great deal of his 
time and effort getting a sen- 
ator reelected— since that sen- 
ator would be voting on all 
of the general's future promo- 
tions (Senate confirmation is 
required of ail general officer 
promotions) 



people's representatives pro- 
hibiting personnel from per- 
verting military authority for 
pai'tisan political purposes. 
Cautions Successes 

A review of the attitude of 
our most recent general to 
become President, Dwight D. 
Eisenhower, indicates clearly 
that he understood, respected 
and concurred in the import 
ance of the principles in- 
volved in this case. 

In his final address to the 
nation last Jan. 17, President 
Eisenhower cautioned his suc- 
cessor about the danger, of un- 
due military Partic ipation in 
political affairs, ~ 



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Dear 

Thank you f or your letter of September 20 # 1961. 

Enclosed herewith Is some material concerning 
the general subject of communism as you requested, includ- 
ing a copy of our poster, "What You Can Do to Fight 
Cowsunisa," 

The thought occurs to me that you may wish to 
refer to "Masters of Deceit, the Story of Cosstaunisja in 
America and How to Fight It n by J, Edgar Hoover, director 
of the Federal Bureau of Investigation* A copy of this 
book published, by Benry Holt and Company in 195# way be 
available in your local public library. 

In regard to your inquiry concerning the John 
Birch Society, I wish to advise that information in FBI 
files is confidential and available for official use only, 
I would like to point out also that the FBI is strictly a 
fact-finding agency, and It is not within the limits of 
its prescribed functions to draw conclusions or »ake eval- 
uations as to the character or Integrity of any organization. 
Individual or publication. X m sure that you will readily 
understand the FBI*s position In connection with your 
inquiry. 



1 - Addressee 

1 - Los Angeles (100-59601) 

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